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Lawsuit erroneously claims couple was aboard stricken Carnival Triumph

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Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:47 pm

An attorney amended a lawsuit filed Thursday in Galveston's federal court, which initially claimed his clients from Harris County were on their wedding trip aboard the Carnival Triumph in February when it broke down in the Gulf.

They weren’t.

The Daily News saw the lawsuit and on Friday called the attorney, John Bruster Loyd, to remind him the couple wasn't on the ship. They apparently had tickets to board with their wedding party when the ship was due back at the Port of Galveston.

The initial lawsuit accused Carnival of negligence and fraud and described how Mr. Loyd's clients were forced to endure deplorable, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, such as sweltering temperatures, lack of electricity or air conditioning and the lack of running water or working toilets.

The Triumph had to be towed to a port in Mobile, and the couple was ultimately married aboard Tilman Fertitta's Landry's-owned yacht.

Passengers who were aboard the Triumph are suing Carnival. Some are part of a class action lawsuit filed in Miami.

When The Daily News called Loyd on Friday, he apologized, saying he would have to amend the lawsuit. Carnival had no comment, as it is the company's policy not to comment on pending litigation, a company spokesman said.

Loyd did indeed amend the lawsuit today, saying the couple intended to cruise in the Triumph to Cozumel, Mexico, to be married.

When the ship broke down, it caused financial and emotional problems for the couple. The lawsuit still accuses Carnival of negligence and fraud, claiming, among other things, that Carnival knew the vessel wasn't seaworthy when it contracted with the couple.