Former Hostage Of Pirates Sues His Employers

Law360, New York (April 28, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A crewman on the U.S. ship taken over by Somali pirates earlier this month has alleged in a lawsuit that the ship's owners illegally exposed him to grave and imminent danger.

Royal Palm Beach, Fla., resident Richard E. Hicks said in a complaint that Waterman Steamship Corp. and Maersk Line Ltd. knowingly sent him into pirate-infested waters without adequate protection, even though safer routes were available.

“The defendants took no adequate steps to provide appropriate levels of security and safety for its employees, instead relying on...
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