Carnival Corporation has been awarded $24 million in a lawsuit against Rolls Royce over the pod-propulsion system on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2.
The cruise giant was awarded $16 million for eight counts of fraud and $8 million for breach-of-repair warranties by a court in Miami.
The jury verdict came on Wednesday after a two-week federal trial. Carnival originally sued for $100 million. It filed a lawsuit against Rolls Royce in 2008 for damages arising from a defective propulsion system on the Cunard flagship.
The company claimed that Rolls Royce defrauded the company into the “selection, acceptance and continued use” of the Mermaid pod-propulsion system, and that malfunctions caused repeated interruptions of cruises.
Carnival contended that the system on QM2 was defective, suffered breakdowns and had to be serviced more often than advertised.
A company statement said: “Carnival Corporation & plc is very pleased with the jury’s verdict and thanks them for their outstanding service in this important case.”
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