Craig Morgan Sues Life Vest Company For Wrongful Death Of Son Jerry Greer

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Craig Morgan Lawsuit Life Vest Wrongful Death

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Craig Morgan Lawsuit Life Vest Wrongful Death

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Country singer Craig Morgan has filed a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against two sports equipment companies and a retailer that manufactured and sold the life vest his teenage son, Jerry Greer, was wearing when he drowned in a boating accident last July. The suit was filed on Friday, just three days before the one-year anniversary of Greer’s passing.

In court papers obtained by Gossip Cop, Morgan alleges that the Liquid Force life vest his son was wearing when he drowned was “indistinguishable” from other life jackets on a boat and was thought to be “approved” by the U.S. Coast Guard, but wasn’t actually sanctioned by that branch of the Armed Forces. Morgan and his wife Karen are suing Kent Sporting Goods Co. Inc. and its subsidiary, Motion Water Sports Inc., the manufacturers of the vest, as well as Sun & Ski Sports, the retailer that sold his son the vest, because they allege the life jacket was “not sufficient to keep a person afloat if the person wearing it falls into the water.”

The musician says in his lawsuit that the sporting goods companies and retailer “misled, created confusion and subsequently failed to adequately warn the general consuming public as to the flotation properties of the Liquid Force.” The suit further states, “These actions and omissions were a direct, proximate and legal cause of the untimely drowning death of Jerry Greer.” As a result, Morgan and his wife claim in their court papers that they’ve suffered “emotional distress,” “mental anguish,” “loss of consortium, and economic loss of life.” They’re now suing for negligence and recklessness, and seeking $20 million in compensatory damages, in addition to $20 million in exemplary and punitive damages.

As Gossip Cop reported, Morgan’s son Greer died following a boating accident exactly one year ago on July 10, 2016. The country singer’s son was knocked unconscious by a friend he was tubing with when the rubber device flipped over and his pal’s hip struck Greer in the head. While the teen was wearing the life jacket, he sunk into the Kentucky Lake in Humphreys County, Tennessee.

After an extensive search effort, which included rescue boats and helicopters, Greer’s remains were located the following day. At the time, Morgan’s rep stated, “It is with deep sadness that I am confirming the passing of Jerry Greer (19), son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan and wife Karen Greer… A 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School, Jerry planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall.” The singer’s spokesman added, “The family is grateful for the outpouring of support and requests prayers at this time as they privately mourn this terrible loss.”

Greer was often featured on Morgan’s Outdoor Channel show, “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” which showcases the country singer’s travels around the world. The series, now in its eighth series, began airing again just two weeks ago. Gossip Cop has reached out to Morgan’s attorney who could not comment on the pending litigation.

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