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The case was tried over (5) weeks in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court. The suit was brought by the heirs of two of four people who died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a yacht on Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend in 1999. The source of the CO was a rusted through metal exhaust pipe on the Kohler electric generator on board. The generator was serviced and overhauled a few months before the incident by a marina in Oklahoma that we represented. The boat manufacturer, the generator distributor, and the company that surveyed the boat when it was sold settled prior to verdict. A verdict for actual damages was rendered against the marina and Kohler Company who manufactured the generator. Because of set offs for the prior settlements our client owed nothing after trial. The jury also entered a punitive damage verdict against Kohler only for $25 million. The case was tried on behalf of the marina by Kevin Schnurbusch and John Kemppainen of our office.