Admiralty – Wrongful Death – Navy Training Exercise – No Contribution from U.S. – Sovereign ImmunityIn the Matter of the Complaint of Vulcan Materials Co. v. Massiah v. U.S. In this appeal of a $1.25 million wrongful death award against Vulcan Materials Company in a suit in admiralty after the death of a 19-year-old seaman when his rigid-hull inflatable boat collided with a tug during a Navy training exercise on the James River, the 4th Circuit affirms the district court award to the seaman's family members and its decision that the U.S. can't be held liable for contribution.
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Published: May 11, 2011
Time posted: 4:13 pm
Tags: navy training excercise, no contribution from U.S., sovereign immunity, Wrongful Death