Work Illness Claims May Not Be Time-Barred: 5th Circ.

Law360, New York (June 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Finding that the Jones Act statute of limitations does not necessarily time-bar a former employee of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. from suing the company after being diagnosed with an occupational disease, a federal appeals court has reversed and remanded the case to the district court.

In a 2-to-1 ruling handed down Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found that plaintiff Herbert B. Pretus Jr.'s claims were not necessarily time-barred by the three-year statute of limitations under the Jones Act and general maritime...
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