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Brett Rivkind Leads Case On Disney Island Drowning

Below is a press release written by my firm seeking more information about a drowning at Castaway Cay. Maritime attorney Brett Rivkind wants to know why a man drowned in late February at a private island owned by Disney. Eugene […]

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Captain of the Costa Concordia Receives 16 Year Prison Sentence

On Wednesday, the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted of the 2012 crash of the Italian liner that killed 32 crew members and passengers when it crashed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio. He […]

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Senator Rockefeller Continues to Push For Cruise Ship Safety Legislation

As I have continually written about, the cruise ship industry has come under scrutiny for all of the different reported sexual assaults, fires, mechanical failures, as well as passengers and crew disappearing during a cruise. Congress again has met, with […]

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Important Florida State Appellate Court Decision Strikes Down Applicability of Florida Offer of Judgment Statute In Maritime Cases

Many years ago, I handled the case of Royal Caribbean Corporation v. Modesto, 614 So. 2d 517 (Fla. 3rd D.C.A 1992).  I argued the case before our Intermediate State Appellate Court, the Third District Court of Appeal, where the issue […]

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Jury Awards Cruise Ship Worker From Haiti $6,228,325 For Back Injury Suffered At Work Leading To A Back Fusion Operation

I recently represented a crew member who was hired from Haiti named Willy Dolcin.  Mr. Dolcin was 37 years old when he decided to leave his family in Haiti and go work onboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship as a […]

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A Vicious Sexual Assault By A Crewmember On A Passenger Aboard Holland America Cruise Ship

It has been reported that a crewmember from Indonesia violently attacked a passenger aboard the Holland America cruise ship the MS Niew Amsterdam, a passenger ship that departed from Port Everglades on February 9, 2014 for a cruise. The worker’s […]

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Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010: Has It Improved Cruise Ship Safety?

With the increasing number of problems occurring on cruise ships, including vessels stranded at sea, fires, and of course the major catastrophe involving the Costa Concordia, the cruise line industry has received greater scrutiny over the recent years from Congress. […]

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6 Year Old Boy Drowns On Carnival’s Victory Cruise Ship

I was sadden to start my day off with a phone call advising me that a 6 year old boy died when he drowned in the pool onboard the Carnival Victory. Drowning has been reported as a leading cause of […]

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Ferry Boat Crashes Into Pier and Injures 57 in New York

A commuter ferry boat crashed into a lower Manhattan pier early Wednesday causing injuries to 57 people, and reports indicate one was critically injured.

Firefighters and rescue workers…

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Is It Time for Cruise Ship Companies to Utilize Technology to Detect If A Persons Goes Overboard?

I have reported many instances of persons going overboard on cruise ships. My office has handled way too many of these types of cases. Questions arise immediately as to why or how an individual…