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Maritime Law--Barbetta Rejected! Passenger May Sue Cruise Line Under Agency Theories

In Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Docket No. 13-13067 (11th Cir. Nov. 10, 2014), the Plaintiff filed suit against Royal Caribbean for maritime negligence after her elderly father fell and hit his head while on one of Royal Caribbean's cruise vessels. The Plaintiff's father died a week after the injury. Plaintiff alleged that Royal Caribbean is vicariously liable for the negligence of two of its employees, the onboard nurse and doctor, under an actual agency or apparent agency theory. The court concluded that the allegations in plaintiff's complaint plausibly support holding Royal Caribbean vicariously liable for the medical negligence of its onboard nurse and doctor.


The court declined to adopt the Barbetta rule, which immunizes a ship owner from respondent superior liability whenever a ship's employees render negligent medical care to its passengers. The court found that the complaint in this cause plausibly establishes a claim against Royal Caribbean under …

Maritime Law--USCG Foundation Tribute to the Coast Guard Seventh District on 11/13/14

The U.S. Coast Guard Foundation invites you to the Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard District honoring Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), 23rd Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on November 13, 2014 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay at 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami.

My Husband and I with Admiral Allen I have had the pleasure of meeting Admiral Allen and getting to know him at various Coast Guard events. Allen is best known for his performance directing the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region from September 2005 to January 2006, and for his 2010 work as National Incident Commander of the Unified Command for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families. Founded more than 40 years ago, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education, support and relief for the brave men a…