Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters v. Dave Matthews Band

2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29663 (2005)

From our private database of 45,900+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters v. Dave Matthews Band

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29663 (2005)

KL

Facts

Stefan A. Wohl (defendant) was hired by the Dave Matthews Band (the band) (defendant) to drive a motor coach from the hotel where the band was staying to the concert venue where the band was to perform. While crossing a river on a bridge that had a large, open, grated area, Wohl emptied the motor coach’s waste-collection tank. A vessel owned by Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters (MSYC) (plaintiff), called Chicago’s Little Lady, was passing under the bridge carrying 117 passengers at the time Wohl emptied the motor coach’s tank. Waste from the motor coach’s tank went through the grates of the bridge onto Chicago’s Little Lady and its passengers. MSYC employees spent considerable time and effort cleaning Chicago’s Little Lady. MSYC filed a tort action against Wohl and the band, including a claim for public nuisance, seeking damages for lost profits. Wohl moved to dismiss the complaint on the basis that the economic-loss doctrine barred recovery in tort for purely economic or pecuniary losses not accompanied by personal injury or property damage.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Filip, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 736,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 736,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,900 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 736,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 45,900 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership