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State defends Ethan Allen’s inspectors

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State lawyers urged New York’s top court on Thursday to throw out a liability lawsuit against inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005, drowning 20 senior citizens on a leaf-peeping tour. Federal investigators afterward said the 40-foot Ethan Allen should have been limited to 14 passengers when it tipped in clear, sunny weather, sending 47 tourists and the captain into Lake George. The ...


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