Published: March 7, 2007 at 11:15 PM
A couple of questions. One, why is this company suing the park chains and not the ride manufacturers? Certain parks such as Disney build their own rides, so I could maybe see that. The other companies involved don't design and build their own rides for the most part. They hire firms to do that. Why not a lawsuit against Intamin or B&M. Some older rides have had the brakes installed on them for safety and economical purposes, but are the parks who do this really making a buck off of them? There's not an upcharge magnetic brake ride attraction out there is there? Two, magnetic brakes on rides have been around for 15 years, so that means that the rights have been "infringed upon" for a long time. Why a lawsuit now?
The answers obviously lie within the almighty dollar. I think that the park companies make a much better target than the manufacturers do for the simple fact that they have more money. I also believe that this company is hoping for a nice settlement, because this lawsuit isn't exactly a solid rock. The fact that this is happening now...years after the first set of magnetic brakes were installed reeks a little bit. If I'm a judge, I would have that same question, and I think the plaintiffs know that as well. Call me the eternal cynic/conspiracy theorist on this one, but to me it just stinks a little.