HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a New York teen must move forward in Hawaii, where the 15-year-old was swept out to sea during a kayaking expedition.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway ruled Thursday that tour company Bold Earth Teen Adventures can't appeal her previous decision not to allow the case to move to Colorado, where the company is based. The company wanted the case to halt while an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was pending.
It's been nearly a year since Tyler Madoff, of White Plains, was swept off the west coast of the Big Island. His family filed a lawsuit in Honolulu claiming tour guides were negligent for leading teenagers to a dangerous area.