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01-12-2012, 02:11 PM
California will pay $5.6 million in BUI lawsuit
Posted on 12 January 2012

Link: http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/home/518003-california-will-pay-56-million-in-bui-lawsuit

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will pay $5.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its practice of suspending the driving privileges of people who have been convicted of boating under the influence.

The case stems from the 2005 arrest and conviction of a man for boating under the influence on the Colorado River, the Los Angeles Times reported.

After DMV suspended his driver's license and required him to attend a class on alcohol addiction the same penalties issued for driving under the influence he sued to contest the practice.

In March 2007, a Superior Court judge ruled that the DMV was misinterpreting state law and barred the department from suspending driving privileges for BUI convictions.

After several more years of litigation, the two sides agreed to settle the case last year.

After attorney's fees, the money will go to the 753 boaters who had their driving privileges suspended after BUI convictions.

01-12-2012, 02:29 PM
$7500 a person?!?!

Damn it...

01-12-2012, 02:29 PM
So the 753 dirtballs who cried about losing their driving privileges because they thought there was nothing wrong with boating while intoxicated, split about $37.49...........since that will be what's left over after the lawyers are done. Only in California.:confused:

01-12-2012, 03:19 PM
IDK. I was told by one of our water popo that if I had the keys in I could get popped for a bui. No clue how much truth there is to that but it would make sense if it follows our dui laws. Personally I'd be alot of us could have been popped numerous times for having a few cold ones and floating with the keys in and stereo on. So yes I'm sure alot of people popped for bui's are bad but I wouldn't lump everyone in that. if I got one here for getting waterlogged and lost my drivers license I'd be hot too.

*note to sell: put stereo on override switch this winter to avoid keys in ignition*