Travelers Must Face $3M Claim From Sailors Stranded In Cuba

Law360 (September 9, 2019, 6:06 PM EDT) -- Travelers Insurance must face a $3 million claim from six sailors who spent a year marooned in a Cuban port surviving on rats and bugs after their tugboat ran out of fuel on its way to Haiti and was abandoned by the company that operated it, a Florida federal judge has ruled.

Judge Robert N. Scola denied Travelers’ motion to dismiss the case, finding Friday that the crew might be entitled to collect its $3 million settlement through the insurer even though the policy it sold to the crew's employers, Suncoast Shipping Company LLC, was voided by another court.

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