Federal Judge: Decedent Not ‘Seafarer’; Family Can Seek Wrongful Death Damages

(May 6, 2016, 10:20 AM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — A self-employed commercial fisherman killed when his vessel collided with a towing vessel was not a “seafarer” pursuant to Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. v. Calhoun; therefore, his family can seek damages under Texas’ wrongful death and survival statutes, a federal judge in Louisiana ruled April 26 (In the Matter of Marquette Transportation Company Gulf-Inland, LLC, as Owner and Operator of the Towing Vessel Father Seelos, etc., No. 13-5114 Section R., E.D. La.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55468).

(Opinion available. Document #77-160511-014R.)

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