A federal judge has opened to door for the family of a Florida teenager to sue his friend's mother after the boys never returned from a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic. U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on Monday lifted an injunction that kept Pamela and Philip Cohen from suing Carly Black in state court. She owned the 19-foot (6-meter) boat her son Austin Stephanos was in when he left Jupiter Inlet on July 24, 2015, with the Cohens' son Perry.
Both were 14.
The Palm Beach Post reports the two families had fought in federal court over a maritime law that limits the amount anyone can sue for to the value of a damaged boat. The boat is worth $500.The boat was found off Daytona Beach.