Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sued Branson Duck Vehicles LLC and Ripley Entertainment Inc. on Friday, alleging they violated state law designed to protect consumers from fraudulent business practices.
The lawsuit says the duck boat company and its Florida-based parent company “have been on notice for decades” about safety hazards presented by the vessels.
Seventeen people died in July when a duck boat capsized in the midst of thunderstorms and high winds on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
Hawley’s lawsuit, filed in Taney County Circuit Court, follows other lawsuits filed by victims and their family members.
The attorney general’s suit seeks to block the company from operating duck boats in the state.
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