Like all SBI racers, Gratton was required to sign the organization’s liability waiver before he could compete. Allweiss said that because the lawsuit is alleging gross negligence on the part of the defendants, the waiver is irrelevant.
“We don’t view the waiver as a challenge at all,” said Allweiss. “There is a case directly on point that says waivers don’t apply in cases of gross negligence under Florida statute and Maritime Law.
“The only hurdles we have are getting people to tell the truth,” he added. “And we have ways of getting to the truth, regardless.”
Phone calls to William Milliken, the attorney for Super Boat International, John Carbonell and other defendants in the case, for comment had not been returned when this story went live.