Dutra Group v. Batterton (U.S. Supreme Court)

In this case, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide whether seaman plaintiffs who sue their employers under the maritime-law doctrine of unseaworthiness may recover punitive damages. We filed an amicus brief on behalf of the At-Sea Processors Association and five other industry groups, arguing that punitive damages are unavailable under the unseaworthiness doctrine because there is no historical precedent for such damages and because permitting punitive damages for unseaworthiness would destroy the uniformity between the unseaworthiness cause of action and the Jones Act.


Amicus Brief