Truth in Advertising? You're kidding right?
I guess we should sue Tony the Tiger if our Frosted Flakes aint frosty enough. Damn cat told me they were GREAT!
Seriously, if you consider something a critical lifeline, and you are headed offshore, you should have two of them, especially if it involves electricity in any way. If it involves third parties, like a service provider, you make sure everything is paid and set for months ahead. If you're not sure if a new card had been mailed, you make damn sure. You have to treat it like it is a critical lifeline beforehand, if you want to claim it later. You can't say "it is a critical lifeline" and "I just assumed it would work" in the same breath offshore.
The chain of events that was critical didn't involve the child or the satphone, and could have killed them all; no electricity = no watermaker = no water = :x
The medical issues at worst sped up the inevitable, what damage is there in that?
While doing laundry yesterday a woman overheard that we were cruisers and immediately asked what I thought about this story she had seen on TV. Her view was that it was OK to cruise with kids as long as you're prepared. I agreed with that 100%, but it took about 90 seconds for her to shake her head in disbelief when she heard just a bit of the story. A random woman, with a pre-placed belief that it was OK to cruise with kids, concluded they were not prepared in under 2 minutes. Might take 3 minutes if some Jurors are hard headed. If I had been able to show her photos, it would have been over faster than that.
No need to Depose anyone, they have already testified against themselves sufficiently,then tried to scrub it, all preserved by the Internet Archive. Cross examination of the Plaintiffs would be so much fun it could go on for days,and include the phrase "you told us this, but in your blog dated....." over and over.
Even if Iridium were assigned some small percentage of the responsibility, no reputable Marine Surveyor is going to assign much value to that boat in that condition. That leaves the bottom line at pocket change, even if Iridium went to trial and lost.
If we know all of this, the Attorney does, so Eric does, so this is just another run at the news and the talk shows, another 15 minutes, and more run up to a book.