Lawsuit points to builder in propeller accident

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A trial is under way in Reno, Nev., in the case of Robin Listman vs. Outboard Marine Corp., in which the plaintiff is suing for injuries from a propeller accident in 2001.

Listman was on Pyramid Lake in Washoe County, Nevada, on Aug. 18, 2001, boating with her in-laws on their 19-foot Four Winns 1995 boat powered by an OMC Cobra sterndrive.

A floating toy that belonged to her son blew into the water. The owner of the boat said he would help her retrieve the toy. He drove to the toy, the wind blew it behind the boat, and Listman stepped onto the swim platform to retrieve it and fell in, according to the Propeller Guard Information Center, which is covering the trial.

The owner put the boat in reverse and the propeller seriously injured Listman. She lost a portion of her right leg.

The case was filed in August 2003. In July 2008, summary judgment was issued in favor of Outboard Marine. However, in August 2009 the summary judgment was vacated and a decision was made to allow the case to proceed to trial after it was remanded by the state Supreme Court.

A mistrial was declared last year. Early this year, OMC unsuccessfully argued that the propeller accident took place on American Indian lands and that the court did not have jurisdiction, according to the center.

Click here to watch the trial on the Courtroom View Network.