SC Supreme Court dismisses cruise ship lawsuit

Published: Jan. 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A lawsuit filed against Carnival Cruise Lines operations in Charleston has been dismissed by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The court states the lawsuit, which alleges the cruise lines operations in Charleston are unlawful or a nuisance to citizens, does not show "the plaintiffs themselves or their members have suffered from a particularized harm."

The court goes on to state the allegations were just "complaints about inconveniences suffered broadly by all persons residing in or passing through the City of Charleston."

Because the lawsuit failed to establish an element of standing, the court granted a motion to dismiss.

The South Carolina Ports Authority and the City of Charleston joined the lawsuit on Carnival's behalf in mid-2011. The S.C. Supreme Court agreed to take the case in January 2012.

Carnival permanently based its 2,056-passenger liner Fantasy in the city in May 2010, creating a year-round cruise industry. Officials say Union Pier hosted 88 cruise ships in 2013, and plans to host 88 more in 2014.

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