U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number


2018 Term

Oral Argument Date

March 25, 2019


Questions Presented

Whether punitive damages may be awarded to a Jones Act seaman in a personal injury suit alleging a breach of the general maritime duty to provide a seaworthy vessel.

Case Updates

U.S. Supreme Court holds that a plaintiff may not recover punitive damages on a maritime claim of unseaworthiness

June 24, 2019

Click here to view the opinion.

U.S. Chamber leads coalition amicus brief at the merits stage, arguing that courts may not award punitive damages for violations of the common-law duty of seaworthiness

January 29, 2019

Click here to view the Chamber’s amicus brief.

Scott A. Keller of Baker Botts LLP served as co-counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center.

Case Documents