Tour Boat Sues DMB

The Dave Matthews Band and bus driver Stefan Wohl are being sued by the owners of the Chicago sightseeing boat that got covered in raw sewage allegedly spilled from DMB’s tour bus.

Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters Inc., the owners of architectural tour boat Little Lady, are seeking in excess of $50,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million punitive damages in four separate counts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The company alleges the illegal August 8th dump affected the boat’s business that day and beyond. A fifth count alleges negligence and asks for compensation exceeding $50,000, to be determined by the court, the paper said.

The boat was beneath the Kinzie Street bridge on the Chicago River when raw sewage landed on its deck, splashing onto most of the 120 passengers. Several suffered nausea and vomiting after getting sewage in their eyes and mouths, and five were sent to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for tests and treatments, police said.

Wohl was later charged with dumping 800 pounds of sewage from the bus of violinist Boyd Tinsley while crossing the bridge. He was said to be alone on the bus at the time.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has also filed a lawsuit against DMB and Wohl, alleging they violated state environmental laws. That suit seeks $70,000 in damages.

Plus, a tour-boat passenger filed suit in November, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The band has previously said it would work with affected passengers to make things right as well as donate $100,000 to the Chicago Park District and Friends of the Chicago River.