New admiralty case from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case regards the negligence standard for maritime personal injury cases, as governed by federal maritime law. The case is Regan v. Starcraft Marine, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 5192 and can be found here. The opinion is unpublished, and therefore not precedential, but briefly, a passenger on a boat rented from the Army's Morale Welfare and Recreation Facility at Fort Polk, Louisiana was injured when he was thrown from the boat and struck by the propeller. He brought suit against the pilot of the boat and the boat's manufacturers. The manufacturer brought a third party complaint against the Army. The Army obtained a summary judgment and this decision is about the Army's negligence and whether it breached a duty of care to the plaintiff. The court found that the Army did not breach its duty of care and affirmed the summary judgment.
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