Celebrity Cruises Upends Sanction, Ex-Worker's $2.5M Award

Law360, Miami (November 5, 2014, 8:09 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a lower court's sanction order against Celebrity Cruises Inc. and a former employee's resultant $2.5 million award, saying the “litigation/liability death penalty” was levied without prior notice or opportunity for the defendant to be heard.

The three-judge panel from the Third District Court of Appeal remanded the case for a new jury trial on liability, in a case concerning injuries plaintiff and former ship-worker Vicente J. Fernandes allegedly suffered in a fight with a much larger co-worker over a...
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