David F. Sipple

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During this survey period, the Fifth Circuit interpreted important principles of maritime law. The circuit continued to remain active in the controversial and very fluid area of the maritime law relating to damages available to wrongful death beneficiaries. The appeals court answered a question left open in the en banc opinion in Ivy v. Security Barge Lines, Inc., by subsequently holding that, when a seaman's death in state territorial waters is caused by unseaworthiness, the survivors of the seaman may recover damages for loss of society under the general maritime law in addition to any recovery available under the Jones Act.

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