Monorail operator can sue firm over firing, court rules

  • Thu Nov 4th, 2010 12:51pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says the operator of Seattle’s monorail can pursue legal action against an engineering firm that worked on the system before a May 2004 fire that heavily damaged one of the monorail’s two trains.

The nine-member court ruled Thursday that Seattle Monorail Services can bring an action against LTK Consulting Services Inc. Three justices offered partial dissents.

The engineering company had contended that the millions of dollars of damages that Seattle Monorail suffered stem from business interruption and repair costs that Seattle Monorail was contractually obligated to bear. But the court says that LTK had a duty to take care to avoid safety risks or physical damage to the system.