Intamin sanctioned by federal judge for intimidation, frivolous suit

Posted Wednesday, February 2, 2005 10:26 AM | Contributed by Torgo

The defendant in the suit, Magnetar Technologies, alleged that Intamin was retaliating against Magnetar's president testified critically about Intamin's safety equipment in connection with the May 1999 incident in which a rider was thrown from the then-new Superman: Ride of Steel coaster. In addition to the improper purpose, the court found that Intamin threatened suit before either properly investigating the allegations or in fact being the assignee of the patent in suit.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2005 10:43 AM
This was another rider thrown incident from Superman? How many times has this happened?


Wednesday, February 2, 2005 11:05 AM
Not it's definitly not a recent accident. I'm almost sure that it was Darien Lake's Superman back when it first opened. The rider was to large and feel from the seat on the bunny hops.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 11:21 AM
Seeing as how it was the only one built in '99, yeah, it was the SFDL ride.
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 11:29 AM
Yeah, and the incident happened about four days after the ride opened. The 300-pounder was tossed at the end of the ride, and survived with only minor injuries.

In response to the incident, seat belts were installed on the ride.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 11:48 AM
I recall this one, on Memorial Day weekend, correct?
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 2:12 PM
So......Intamin is the only company that is allowed to slice puppies with magnetic breaks?
Wednesday, February 2, 2005 4:01 PM
It happened on Sunday, May 16, 1999. By Memorial Day is was already reopened. I was there Memorial Day weekend for a WNYCC event and we got to ride.

Thursday, February 3, 2005 1:32 PM
So if your ejected from a ride, can you count that in your Track Record?
Thursday, February 3, 2005 9:09 PM
only if you get back on it and actually complete the ride ;)
Sunday, February 6, 2005 3:06 PM
It actually happened the third day the ride was open. Friday was their media day. The Saturday is when the ride opened to the public with Darien Lake opening as the brand new Six Flags. How do I know? Because I was there. We stayed at the lodge that weekend which was two weekends before your memorial day and one weekend from our Victoria day weekend.

We didn't rode S:ROS until Sunday. We had just finished riding and were about to re-ride... a few minutes later we find that the ride was closed. Later found out that a person was thrown out of their seat in the break run. I guess we can say that we are a few of the people who rode SROS without seatbelts.

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*** This post was edited by Kevin Reid 2/6/2005 3:07:21 PM ***


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