TITLE

SHIFTING COURSE IN ADMIRALTY: Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 128 S. Ct. 2605 (2008)

AUTHOR(S)
Vu, Jessica
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Spring2009, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p799
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a court case which describes a changing course in the Admiralty Clause which gives maritime jurisdiction to U.S. federal courts. A class action lawsuit was filed against Exxon Shipping Co. for the reckless conduct of its Captain Joseph Hazelwood that resulted to crude oil spillage that has affected the Alaskan fishing industry. According to the Supreme Court, a punitive damages award worth $2.5 billion was beyond the normal limit. It cites theories for the court decision to deviate from the standard for rulemaking in admiralty.
ACCESSION #
40625821

 

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