May 19, 2015

Supreme Court declines to review Fifth Circuit decision that disallowed punitive damages in unseaworthiness cases (McBride v. Estis Well Service)

Last year we reported on this en banc Fifth Circuit opinion, which held that punitive damages are not available under the Jones Act or general maritime law for a defendant's failure to maintain a seaworthy vessel.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied the cert. petition filed on behalf of the injured seamen in that case.  You can view the Court's online docket here.

Bloomberg BNA has full coverage.