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in a unanimous opinion, the justices reversed and remanded a judgment by the Illinois Supreme Court holding that the Federal Boat Safety Act pre-empted a state common law tort action against a boat manufacturer for making an allegedly dangerous motor. Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine, No. 01-706. The court said that the act’s legislative history indicated that broad exemptions for state common law remedies were intended. The suit was filed by the estate of a woman who was killed by an outboard motor propeller in a boating accident. The estate claimed that the motor, which had no propeller guard, was unreasonably dangerous. Stevens delivered the court’s opinion.

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