Dutra Group v. Batterton - SCOTUS Abandons the Maritime Worker

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Jun 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite being from a coastal state where the dangers maritime workers face every day should be well appreciated, Judge Samuel Alito wrote the U.S. Supreme Court's majority opinion refusing to allow a deckhand to claim punitive damages for an unseaworthy vessel. The decision, in this maritime lawyer's opinion, is adrift and inconsistent with the Supreme Court's 2008 decision in Exxon Shipping where the Court recognized punitive damages are normally available in maritime cases. The powerful forces of industry are always pushing back making it important you retain experienced maritime legal counsel.

More soon after we've finished digesting this recent decision.

Underway and making way.

-- John K. Fulweiler, Esquire

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John K. Fulweiler

Proctor-In-Admiralty / Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. In addition to being recognized by...


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