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Category Archives: Admiralty Maritime


Australian Courts Limit COVID-19 Lawsuits To Australian Citizens

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The Australian Courts recently issued a ruling that prohibited American passengers from filing lawsuits in Australian courts. The decision was seen as a blow to the handful of Americans aboard the Ruby Princess when an outbreak of COVID-19 began infecting passengers. Essentially, Australian passengers have filed a class-action against Carnival and Princess Cruise lines… Read More »


Carnival Fined $5M After Data Breaches

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Carnival Cruise Lines was fined $5 million by the State of New York after the company’s data was breached several times from 2019 to 2021. The breaches exposed customer information to potential hackers who then used the information to perform fraud and identity theft. The cruise line was fined by New York’s Department of… Read More »


Judge Rules Cruise Companies Guilty Of “Trafficking” For Using Cuban Ports

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A Miami judge recently issued a ruling that will broadly impact the cruise industry. The cruise industry has been using Havana ports for years to run tours of the city. While Cuba is a communist country, it has dual economies for tourism. The ports were expropriated (seized by the government) to be made the… Read More »


Helicopter Accident Results In Death Of Marines, DOHSA Lawsuit

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

You don’t have to be in a boat to file a lawsuit under the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). In fact, the families of three service members who were killed during a Marine training exercise filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter manufacturer. Servicemembers are prohibited from filing negligence lawsuits against… Read More »


Families Sue After 4 Killed On Cruise Line Excursion

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Four passengers of a Holland America Line vessel were killed after a float plane crashed last year outside the coast of Alaska. The passengers are accusing the Seattle-based cruise line of pressuring companies that operate excursions into taking unnecessary risks. The lawsuit alleges that the cruise line knew the dangers as other passengers had… Read More »


NTSB Warns Cruise Ships About Floatplane Crashes

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

This is the second article about a floatplane crash we’ve discussed over the past few months. In the first article, we mentioned how the cruise line actually advertised the plane excursion. In this case, they did not. However, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a letter to cruise ships warning them that their… Read More »


Highspeed Tour Boat Sued After Leaving Other Boater With Spinal Injuries

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

If you go to Boston Harbor, you can check out the high-speed boat attraction, Codzilla operated by Boston Harbor Cruises. The tour operates a high-speed boat, ostensibly at high speeds, thrilling guests with its fast moving. However, one woman is less than thrilled by Codzilla after she says the boat raced by her own… Read More »


Cruise Line Loses Lawsuit After Passenger Injured In Couch Mishap

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A man was injured aboard a cruise ship after he sat on a coach. Yes, you heard that right. The couch collapsed underneath him causing spinal injuries, and an attorney for the plaintiff announced that he had secured a multi-million dollar settlement for his client. According to the attorney, the man suffered significant spinal… Read More »


Boat Accidents Spike Considerably in 2020

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Incidents related to boating deaths, accidents, and injuries all spiked considerably in 2020 when the U.S. was shut down for the pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report detailing that 767 people died in 2020 due to boating accidents. Another 3,191 were injured in boating accidents. These numbers are both significantly… Read More »


Carnival Cruise Ordered To Pay $10M To Passenger After Sexual Assault

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Carnival Cruise line was hit with a $10 million verdict in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a former passenger. The passenger claimed that she was inebriated on her last day of the cruise when she was wandering back to the pool area. She tripped and fell and was later approached by a crew… Read More »

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