Judge dismisses lawsuit by California family saved at sea against phone company


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SAN DIEGO — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a satellite phone company by a California couple rescued with their sick 1-year-old from a disabled sailboat that was attempting to circle the world.

The Union-Tribune reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/1Cj9BE6) that a San Diego judge found a contractual provision requiring any lawsuit against Whenever Communications to be filed in Florida, where the company's headquarters are located.

Eric and Charlotte Kaufman sued in July claiming that they would not have lost their boat had they not lost satellite service, which impeded their ability to get medical advice.

Instead, they were forced to sound an alarm to the Coast Guard. Rescuers parachuted into the water hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and stayed with the family until a Navy ship carried them to shore.

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