5th Circ. Ponders Jurisdiction In $287M Navy Collision Suit

By Michelle Casady (February 4, 2021, 7:40 PM EST) -- A panel of Fifth Circuit judges on Thursday questioned what tests should be applied to determine if courts in the United States have jurisdiction to hear a $287 million lawsuit against a Japanese shipping company involved in a fatal collision in 2017 that killed seven U.S. Navy sailors.

The panel heard consolidated oral arguments Thursday in two lawsuits brought by both the families of sailors who were killed in the collision with a Navy destroyer and the survivors against Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, or NYK Line. A federal judge in Louisiana dismissed the lawsuit in June on jurisdictional grounds.

But Robert...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!