The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a jury’s decision to award a plaintiff damages against Royal Caribbean Cruises for a trip and fall because the Florida district court failed to investigate a juror that had a niece who worked for the cruise line—a discovery made shortly after opening arguments.

Judge Barbara Lagoa wrote the opinion for the appellate court on behalf of a three-judge panel that also included Judges Charles R. Wilson and Kevin C. Newsom.