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Deering v. Nat'l Maint. & Repair, Inc., 10-1716

In plaintiff's suit under the Jones Act against his employer for injuries sustained in an accident aboard a towboat, district court's dismissal of the employer's counterclaim against plaintiff for damages caused to the boat is affirmed as the combining of a property-damage counterclaim with a limitation of liability in order to wipe out a substantial personal injury claim under the Jones Act is a liability-exempting device forbidden by the Act.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 10/29/2010
  • Decided 12/02/2010
  • Published 12/02/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit


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