maritime law News

Court Refuses to Open ‘Loophole’ for Cruise Line Lawsuits

A plaintiff’s attorney cannot avoid a showdown with a cruise line at the federal courthouse in Miami simply by pleading the case as an action that does not require the court’s jurisdiction under admiralty law, a federal appellate court ruled …

Supreme Court Finds Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn Sailors Where Asbestos Added Later

Manufacturers have a duty to warn about potential dangers of parts with asbestos that were later added onto their products by third parties, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling, in a case involving sailors diagnosed with cancer, says …

Fifth Circuit: State, Not Maritime, Law Applies in Well Services Injury Case

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reversed the previous findings of its own panel and a lower court, ruling that state, not maritime, law applies in a case involving a worker injury at an oil and …

Willis Launches New Policy to Cover Repatriation Costs for Stranded Seafarers

Willis Group Holdings has launched a new liability insurance policy to cover the costs associated with repatriating stranded seafarers. The Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC) which came into force on August 20, states that flag states are responsible for repatriating …

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 …

Cruise Ship Victims Can’t Use U.S. Courts: Expert

Victims of the Italian cruise ship disaster who might seek to sue in the United States, where damages lawsuits are a virtual industry, may be barred from doing so. The primary reason, legal experts said, is that contracts written into …