Coleman and several others have filed suit against Ride the Ducks Branson and Ripley Entertainment seeking damages in the wake of the deadly incident on Table Rock Lake. An attorney for Coleman, Robert Mongeluzzi, called Monday’s filing from Ripley an “inhuman legal ploy (that) will sink as fast as their death trap duck boat did.”
“We will legally and factually demolish this frivolous claim," he said.
Ripley spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said the type of filing made Monday is "common in claims related to maritime incidents." She said the goal is to delay the multiple court cases to give the parties time for mediation.
"We have reached out to those most impacted by the accident and offered to mediate their claims now," Smagala-Potts said in a statement. "Mediation often leads to faster resolution and allows those affected to avoid a lengthy process of litigation, and most importantly, begin the healing process."
Mongeluzzi said that, despite Ripley’s claim, “there have been no offers of settlement - none.”
“Ripley's claims of supporting these families are false,” he said.
At least 10 other lawsuits have been filed on behalf of other victims.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.