A groundbreaking decision by the Atlanta-based federal appeals court will allow cruise ship companies to be sued for medical malpractice.

Monday’s ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit discards a long-standing rule embodied in a 1988 decision of a neighboring circuit and adopted by other courts. The Eleventh Circuit panel said changes in legal norms, the development of a complex cruise ship industry and advances in communications technology since 1988 mean cruise lines should not be immune from suit over allegations of negligence by ship doctors and nurses.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]