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Florida Cruise Ship Litigation and Lawsuits

Who can you sue when you are injured on a cruise ship? Does personal jurisdiction come into play? A recent opinion from the 3rd District Court of Appeal deals with the topic of personal jurisdiction.

Florida cruise ship litigation and lawsuits. Who can you sue if you are injured on a cruise
ship? Can you sue in Florida? Very important issues of personal jurisdiction.

Hello, my name is John Pankauski. I’m a probate litigation attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida. You know, many times when we file a lawsuit against somebody who is not a resident of Florida or not a person who owns real property or does business in Florida, issues of personal jurisdiction comes up.

Can a Florida court exert jurisdiction over a non-resident? In many trust cases and probate cases the
answer is yes. But a recent case from the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal, a written opinion from the
appellate court in Miami talks all about personal jurisdiction. Check this out.

There was a personal jurisdiction opinion about whether an Italian shipbuilder could be sued in Florida, regarding injuries sustained by a Canadian citizen on a cruise ship, that was built in Italy, owned by a Washington corporation, while the ship was in the Pacific Ocean.
That’s a personal jurisdiction question. You can read more about this personal jurisdiction opinion and learn more about cruise ship lawsuits by reading the Fincantieri-Cantieri Navali Italiani S.P.A vs Anthony Yuzwa.
It’s easy to look up. Go the 3rd District Court of Appeal website, click on the date of the opinion which was
March 7th, 2018. The appellate case number is 3d16-1015. My name is John Pankauski and this concludes my remarks about personal jurisdiction.