Case over NY teen swept to sea stays in Hawaii

Published  1:10 PM HST Mar 29, 2013

A federal judge in Honolulu says a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit should stay in Hawaii for the family of a New York teen swept to sea during an excursion on the Big Island.

Chief U.S. District judge Susan Mollway said in the order filed Thursday that moving the case to Jefferson County, Colo., would deprive the family of 15-year-old Tyler Madoff a meaningful day in court.

The companies being sued by Madoff's father pushed for changing courts because of an online agreement signed by Madoff's mother when the trip was originally set up.

The defendants in the lawsuit are Bold Earth Teen Adventures, the adventure company that arranged the trip, Hawaii Pack and Paddle, the local tour company that led the excursion, and a tour guide.

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