federal maritime law News

Supreme Court Denies Injured Seaman’s Bid for Punitive Damages

The Supreme Court has ruled that an injured merchant seaman can’t seek punitive damages based on the common-law maritime claim of unseaworthiness. The ruling settled a difference of opinion in the courts over whether punitive damages are available for unseaworthiness …

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Florida Floating Home Owner

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Florida man’s latest appeal in a landmark case involving the seizure and destruction of his floating home. The justices denied without comment Fane Lozman’s petition asking them to enforce their 2013 ruling …

Florida Floating Home Owner Loses Another Round in Damages Battle

A South Florida man who two years ago won a U.S. Supreme Court case over the difference between a floating home and a vessel has lost a legal battle against the city of Riviera Beach. A federal jury last week …

Supreme Court Gets Florida Dispute Over Vessel vs. Floating Home

Court documents refer to it as “that certain unnamed gray, two-story vessel approximately 57 feet in length.” To Fane Lozman, it was a floating Florida home never intended to sail the seas. Now, a long-running dispute over exactly what the …