Jury rules against powerboat builder in design lawsuit

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A jury in Butte County, Calif., found Tuesday that MasterCraft was 80 percent to blame for injuries a woman suffered in a wakeboarding accident five years ago on Lake Oroville and awarded her $30 million.

Lawyers for Niki Bell, 27, alleged that the MasterCraft X45 has a design flaw that caused the front end of the boat to partially submerge during a low-speed turn and dump Bell and another woman into the water, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported.

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