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For years, ship owners had broad immunity whenever workers on board rendered negligent medical care to passengers. This was true regardless of how clear the shipowner’s control over its medical staff and without consideration for the egregiousness of the claimed negligence. cruiseship

This was largely due to the so-called “Barbetta rule,” named after the 1988 federal case of Barbetta v. S/S Bermuda Star, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

However, a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit – the one that oversees federal cases in Florida – recently declined to apply the Barbetta rule in a new case, Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises.

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