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WRONGFUL DEATH a kayak rental shop in Maui, Hawaii, was found not liable by a federal jury on May 8 in a suit alleging that it negligently allowed a couple to go kayaking during bad weather, resulting in a woman’s death. Manouchehr Monazzami-Taghadomi and his wife, Nahid Davoodabadi, 29, rented the kayak from Extreme Sports. They were blown out to sea, capsized and, Monazzami-Taghadomi claimed, a shark then pulled his wife under. Monazzami-Taghadomi, the decedent’s parents and her estate sued Extreme Sports, claiming that it should not have rented the boat during a small craft advisory and should have provided safety devices, such as flares and a radio. The defense countered that it had told the couple to stay close to shore and had no further duty to them. Davoodabadi’s body was never found and the police classified the matter as a missing-person case. Monazzami-Taghadomi v. 25 Knots Inc., No. 01-CV-171 (D. Hawaii). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Peter A. Schey, Los Angeles; Teresa Tico, Hanalei, Hawaii DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Ann H. Aratani, Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura, Honolulu; Paul D. Stockler, Anchorage, Alaska

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