Upheld Federal Forum Selection Clause in passenger ticket contract requiring the passenger to sue in United States District Court rather than Florida State Court. Affirmed on rehearing en banc in a case of first impression.
Verdict for cruise line in crewmember claim for back injury resulting in surgery. Plaintiff’s doctor admitted under vigorous cross-examination to modifying medical records the night prior to giving testimony at trial.
Applied Florida’s Offer of Judgment (now Proposal for Settlement) Statute to passenger personal injury claim brought under General Maritime law and awarded attorney’s fees to prevailing cruise line defendant.