Originally set for February and then moved to June for a summary of judgment/motion to dismiss review, the wrongful death lawsuit trial of Joey Gratton versus Super Boat International, its principals and several other defendants named in the case has been rescheduled again, this time for January 2015. According to attorney Michael Allweiss who is representing plaintiff Priscilla Gratton, the widow of offshore racer Joey Gratton who died during the 2011 SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., SBI’s motion for dismissal based on the waivers and releases that are required to be signed by racers who participate in the organization’s events was denied in a recent hearing.
Page Motorsports throttleman Joey Gratton died while racing at the 2011 Key West Offshore World Championships. Photo by Jamie Russell
“The judge ruled in our favor and refused to dismiss the case,” said Allweiss. “For all intents and purposes, at least as far as we’re concerned, the waivers and releases are not an issue.”
A phone call to the office of William Milliken, the attorney for SBI, in Coral Gables, Fla., for comment on the case had not been returned when this story went live.
Gratton drowned after a crash on Friday, November 11, 2011, during the world championships in Key West. The lawsuit, the amount of which has not been released, against SBI alleges gross negligence on the part of the organization in its safety and rescue operations during the Gratton incident and the entire 2011 SBI event.
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