BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge has ruled that a civil lawsuit against the founder of Connecticut-based Stew Leonard’s grocery store chain must be heard in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

Stewart Leonard Sr. says Robert Speranza, who fell from Leonard’s yacht in the Caribbean two years ago, died on the high seas.

Speranza’s widow, Barbara Speranza, is seeking millions of dollars in damages.

The Connecticut Post reports that Stew Leonard Jr. said the ruling on Monday moves the case from federal to state court and does not affect the merits.

The lawsuit claims the 73-year-old Speranza, was tossed overboard near the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands due to the boat’s reckless operation.

Leonard, who is 83, said the accident was caused by a rogue wave about 12 to 15 feet high.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

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