California government agency to pay US$5.6m in boater class action suit

Thu Jan 12 2012, 10:41 AM

750 boaters split settlement after driving privileges are suspended

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has agreed to pay $5.6m to settle a class action lawsuit to more than 750 boaters in the state. According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit was filed after the division suspended the driving privileges of residents who had been convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol.

The case started in 2005, after a man was arrested and convicted for BUI on the Colorado River had his driver’s license suspended and was forced to take a class on alcohol addiction. The man sued to contest the practice.

In March 2007, a judge ruled that the DMV was misinterpreting state law and barred the department from suspending driving privileges for BUI convictions.

The two sides agreed to a US$5.6m settlement in the case. The settlement will go to 753 boaters whose driving privileges were suspended after BUI convictions.