Jury: Pentair Must Pay $193M for Cruise Ship Outbreak

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A jury has ordered Pentair Inc. to pay $193 million to a cruise line for commercial damages in a 1994 case involving an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease. The case is against a Pentair subsidiary, Essef Corp., which Pentair acquired in 1999, after the event occurred. Golden Valley-based Pentair (NYSE: PNR), makes water pumps, valves and equipment. In a response, Pentair officials said the jury’s decision is not consistent with the law and plans to contest the decision.

The plaintiff in the case, Celebrity Cruise Lines Inc., is seeking attorney and litigation fees as well as lost profits and loss of business value because of the outbreak. Pentair said it will update its guidance for 2006 in late July as a result of the case.