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Punitive Damages May Be Available in Maintenance and Cure Cases

This past June, the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, a maritime law case that required the Court to decide whether injured seamen are entitled to punitive damages when their employers willfully fail to provide them with maintenance and cure. In a 5-4 decision, the majority ruled that punitive damages may be awarded when the vessel's owner willfully withholds the required payments for maintenance and cure. [Read More...]
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