Surfer files product liability lawsuit against surfboard manufacturer
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A surfer whose leg was seriously injured in a surfing incident off the coast of France in 2009 has filed a product liability lawsuit against the surfboard manufacturer. The Plaintiff, Tom Gregg, filed the suit against Channel Islands Surfboards in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the lawsuit, Gregg alleges the fin on the Channel Islands board is too sharp and poses a safety hazard to consumers. Gregg is a recreational surfer.
This is the first lawsuit filed against Channel Islands Surfboards, which was established in 1969. In 2006, the company was acquired by Burton Corporation, which also manufactures snowboards. The company is located in Santa Barbara, Calif., and is one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in the world.
Gregg’s lawsuit alleges the surfboard fin cut a “deep gash” on his right leg during a wipeout, permanently injuring the leg. Gregg says he will never regain full muscle strength in the leg as a result of the injury.
Gregg’s attorney alleges that the surfboard’s fin is so sharp that other surfers cover the fin with a protective sleeve, but says his client was unaware of this danger at the time of the accident.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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