Sailors injured aboard unseaworthy ships can’t seek punitive damages from shipowners, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24.
The 6-3 decision, written by Justice
Tom Allegretti, president of The American Waterways Operators in Arlington, Va., representing U.S.-flagged tugboat and barge companies, said the decision affirms Congress’ intent to establish a uniform framework of rights and remedies for employers and injured mariners.
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(Clarifies comment from Michael Sturley in the seventeenth paragraph.)