February 26, 2014

Fifth Circuit grants rehearing to address availability of punitive damages in seaworthiness cases

The U.S. Supreme Court's last two punitive damages cases both involved maritime law (Exxon Shipping v. Baker and Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend.)  Could this be the next one? 

Howard Bashman reports: "Fifth Circuit grants rehearing en banc to reconsider whether seamen may recover punitive damages for their employer's willful and wanton breach of the general maritime law duty to provide a seaworthy vessel."