High Court Mulls Seaman's Punitive Damages Claim

Law360, New York (March 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A seaman should be entitled to recover punitive damages for personal injuries if his employer willfully failed to pay the federally mandated “maintenance and cure” under maritime law, counsel for an injured seaman argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.

The high court heard oral arguments in the case, Atlantic Sounding Co. Inc. v. Townsend, to consider whether punitive damages could be awarded in instances where ship owners willfully denied maintenance and cure, which covers medical care, a living allowance and wages for seamen who...
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