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Could Changes To Maritime Law Be On The Horizon?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

In 2019, 34 people died on a dive boat that caught fire. In 1851, Congress passed the Limitation of Liability Act which was meant to encourage investment in the shipping industry. If a lawsuit is brought against a vessel owner, the owner can immediately invoke bankruptcy-like protections that harm plaintiffs. In the case of… Read More »


Black Tankerman Sues After Noose Incident

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

An African-American tankerman won an important ruling in Louisiana that will allow his lawsuit against the company he worked for to move forward. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident aboard a tugboat in which a Black employee reported a noose-like display aboard the ship. He confronted the captain about the incident, but the captain… Read More »


Man Files Lawsuit Against Museum After Historic Schooner Capsizes

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Passengers of a historic schooner built in 1906 have filed a lawsuit after the boat capsized while on tour, according to a recent lawsuit. The museum had moved to prevent lawsuits from being filed against it for the incident. Good Samaritans and first responders rescued the passengers and the boat was hauled back to… Read More »


More Articles Concerning Cruise Ship Medical Services Revive Major Issue

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Although the medical facilities aboard a cruise ship can be limited, cruise lines claim that they have medical staff on board with training and experience that complies with the requirements of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  In cases where the medical event is beyond the abilities of the doctor or the facility to… Read More »


Passenger Dies On Cruise Prompting Vaccine Mandate For Passengers

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

After an elderly woman fell ill and died of COVID-19 aboard a cruise ship, the cruise lines are imposing stricter protocols for passengers. This includes being fully vaccinated unless you have a medical exemption or are under the age of 12. The move hopes to strengthen safety protocols aboard vessels where contagion outbreaks are… Read More »


Parents Sue After Toddler Is Sexually Assaulted Aboard Disney Cruises

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The parents of a toddler who was sexually assaulted aboard a Disney Cruise ship have filed a lawsuit against Disney Cruises seeking at least $20 million in damages. According to the complaint, the three-year-old was enrolled in the ship’s youth club. The youth club allows children up to 12 years old to join. At… Read More »


COVID-19 Restrictions Deny Family Passage Aboard Cruise Ship

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

One Utah family is very angry after they were denied passage aboard a cruise ship. The cruise line tests all passengers using COVID-19 rapid tests. They also make sure that all passengers are vaccinated before entry. The man was traveling with his two children. Both he and his teenage daughter were vaccinated, but his… Read More »


Disney Faces Four Federal Lawsuits Related To COVID Exposure During Cruise

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Disney Cruise Line is facing four federal lawsuits with plaintiffs in Utah and Arizona alleging that they and their children contracted the coronavirus aboard a Disney cruise. The incident occurred last March, apparently, just before the country-wide lockdown was put into place. Early reports of the virus in the U.S. came from cruise ships… Read More »


Preliminary NTSB Report Released For Seacor Disaster

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The NTSB has released a preliminary report concerning the Seacor vessel that capsized with 19 crew aboard. Six of the 19 were found alive and the bodies of six others have been recovered. The remaining are presumed dead. The search was called off 6 days after the incident occurred. Now, the grieving families of… Read More »


Jones Act Lawsuit Results In Change In Precedent

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A worker injured aboard a boat filed a lawsuit against his employer after he tripped and fell, injuring his ankle. The court determined that the worker was not a seaman, but rather some other sort of chap, and thus his exclusive remedy was the workers’ compensation system from which he was already recovering benefits…. Read More »

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