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The United States Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals were busy in 2007 with admiralty cases and other matters of importance to maritime practitioners. The Supreme Court considered two punitive damages cases with maritime implications and reviewed a case under the Federal Employers' Liability Act with potential bearing on Jones Act jurisprudence. The Supreme Court also clarified an important procedural issue concerning the application of the forum non conveniens doctrine, which often arises in maritime cases. The Eleventh Circuit continued its trend of tackling important maritime questions by issuing opinions on (1) the interplay between the Seaman's Wage Act and the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, (2) the recoverability of punitive damages in Jones Act cases, and (3) the burden of proof in allision cases.

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