A Miami jury has unanimously found Rolls-Royce guilty of fraud earlier this week.
According to a statement released on behalf of the law firm representing Carnival Cruise Lines, Fowler Rodriguez, the company presented their Mermaid pod propulsion system to Carnival knowing it was defective and not fully developed.
Marketed for operation on the Queen Mary II, lead counsel for Carnival argued that Rolls-Royce rushed into the market to defeat their competitors and sold an untested product that failed throughout the cruise industry.
Last January saw Royal Caribbean Cruises awarded USD$65 million in a settlement regarding the same Rolls-Royce Mermaid pods that were installed in four Celebrity ships – Millennium, Summit, Infinity and Constellation.
Judge and jury on the case expressed their amazement that Rolls-Royce allowed the matter to go to trial.
“The first question they (the jury) had was why didn’t these people settle when they have to work together,” Patricia Seitz, U.S. District Judge said.
Ms Seitz went on to say that she believed the trial might be a “bellweather for lawsuits” filed by other cruise companies that had similar issues with Rolls-Royce’s Mermaid pod propulsion system.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A