December 18, 2018 Practice Points

SCOTUS Grants Certiorari to Resolve Circuit Split in Maritime Cases

The dispute is over whether punitive damages are recoverable for seamen who allege vessel unseaworthiness.

By Raz Barnea

On December 7, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on whether punitive damages are available to seamen who allege their injuries were caused by vessel unseaworthiness. This issue represents yet another attempt to expand the availability of punitive damages under maritime law and has generated considerable interest from industry players.

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