Santa Monica

Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Lawrence Waddington has dismissed a $5-million lawsuit filed against the City of Santa Monica by a 17-year-old boy who injured his spine when he dived off the Santa Monica Pier in 1979.

Michael Travis had claimed that the city was liable because it had not posted signs prohibiting diving from the pier, according to Deputy City Atty. Yvonne Binstock. Travis is a quadriplegic.

Waddington ruled Friday that the claim was without merit. But he refused to dismiss a suit that Travis filed against the Los Angeles County, claiming that his injuries were aggravated when he was dropped by workers at Harbor General Hospital.

Binstock, who said she was "ecstatic" about the ruling, said that the city has posted signs on the pier prohibiting diving.

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