After I posted a blog last week on how cruise lines can limit where lawsuits can be filed against them I received a quesion if it mattered where the ticket was purchased or where the person boarded the ship or where the injury occurred on the cruise mattered. The simple answer is: NO, the cruise ticket provisions prevail. A 1991 United States Supreme Court decision held that a Washington state resident who purchased a ticket from Carnival Cruise Lines, who boarded the ship in California and who was injured off the west coast of Mexico could only bring suit in Miami, Florida. Is this right? NO. Is it the law? Unfortunately, YES.
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