Defendant wants change of venue in waterpark injury suit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 27, 2011, 3:56pm

GALVESTON � Waterpark Management Inc. seeks a change of venue before a local state district court.

WMI, one of three defendants in a joint lawsuit filed by two Pearland women alleging personal injury, requests the Galveston County 405th District Court to hand the case over to Comal County District Court.

Amanda Lefevre and Priscilla Rawls are suing WMI, AN H2O Inc. and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark claiming they were injured going down a water slide in May 2009.

They claim the slide attendants were not attentive to how the flow of traffic was progressing along the Fast & Furious slide, which led to the women's injuries.

The six-page motion contends that Galveston County is not a county of mandatory or permissive venue.

It also asserts that WMI did not employ or direct any of the park attendants at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and denies the defendant is liable in the capacity in which it has been sued.

Court papers show WMI "denies each and every, all and singular, the material allegations contained in the plaintiffs' original petition and demands strict proof thereof by preponderance of the evidence."

Reagan Burrus PLLC is representing WMI.

Case No. 11-cv-538

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