maritime law News

1st Circuit Finds Yacht Insurance Void Because of Owner’s Failure to Disclose

A federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that insurers are entitled to a strict interpretation of a doctrine in maritime law that imposes a duty of “utmost good faith” on parties to marine insurance contracts. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals …

For Carnival, ‘Death on the High Seas Act’ Protects the Bottom Line

Carnival Corp. is poised to dramatically curb monetary damages for passengers killed by the coronavirus under the latest court decision to side with the company. If a ruling Monday by a Los Angeles federal judge is followed by others, it …

Legal Protections Make Class-Action Suits Against Cruise Lines an ‘Uphill Battle’

After two passengers on their luxury cruise tested positive for Covid-19 in March, Emilio and Barbara Hernandez were so frantic to get off the ship, they wrote a note to the captain. The Costa Luminosa sailed on with them still …

Supreme Court: Manufacturers Must Warn of Asbestos in Parts Added by Others

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 …

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Floating Home Appeal

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 in Court

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 …

Florida Man Continues Fight Over Floating Home Compensation

A Florida man won a precedent-setting victory last year when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel covered by maritime law. But so far the ruling hasn’t helped him secure …

Court Seems Unclear on House Versus Boat Question

Is it a house or a boat? Does a coffee mug float? The Supreme Court struggled with all types of questions Monday as it tried to figure out what kind of floating structures fall under maritime law, a question that …