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Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, 08-214

In an action based on Defendant's alleged refusal to pay maintenance and cure to Plaintiff for injuries he suffered while working on Defendant's tugboat, the District Court's order holding that punitive damages were available is affirmed where punitive damages for the willful and wanton disregard of the maintenance and cure obligation remain available as a matter of general maritime law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/25/2009
  • Published 06/25/2009



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