No. 22-16149.

92 F.4th 844 (2024)

William McMein EHART, Jr., Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Maureen Anne Ehart, Deceased, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. LAHAINA DIVERS, INC.; Cory Dam, Defendants-Appellants, and Kaitlin Miller; Julianne Cricchio; Lahaina Dive & Surf LLC, Defendants.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed February 8, 2024.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ralph J. O'Neill (argued), Jamie C.S. Madriaga , and Matthew A. Hemme , MacDonald Rudy O'Neill & Yamauchi LLP, Honolulu, Hawaii, for Defendants-Appellants.

John R. Hillsman (argued), McGuinn Hillsman & Palefsky, San Francisco, California, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Mark M. Williams, Law Office of Mark M. Williams, Pasadena, California, for Amicus Curiae Daniel W. Bader, dba Sea Landing Dive Center.

Brian O. Felder, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Amicus Curiae Marine Recreation Association.

Charles D. Naylor, Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor, Long Beach, California; Michael F. Sturley, University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas; Michael A. Kelly, Richard H. Schoenberger, Matthew D. Davis, Spencer J. Pahlke, and Joseph Nicholson, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger PC, San Francisco, California; Gretchen M. Nelson and Carlos F. Llinas Negret, Nelson & Fraenkel LLP, Los Angeles, California; Douglas T. Moore, The Law Offices of Douglas Thomas Moore LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii; Preston Easley, Law Offices of Preston Easley APC, San Pedro, California; Joseph S. Stacey, James P. Jacobsen, and Nigel T. Stacey, Stacey & Jacobsen LLP, Seattle, Washington, Lyle C. Cavin, Jr., Law Offices of Lyle C. Cavin, Jr. & Associates, Oakland, California; Daniel C. Dziuba, Tichenor Dziuba Law Office, Portland, Oregon; Kurt Micklow and Edward M. Bull, III, Brodsky Micklow Bull & Weiss LLP, Oakland, California; Joel Krissman, Krissman & Silver LLP, Long Beach, California; for Amici Curiae Injured Vessel Passengers and Surviving Family Members and Personal Representatives of Fatally Injured Vessel Passengers.

Dissent by Judge Collins


The question in this case is whether 46 U.S.C. § 30527(a),1 which prohibits certain liability waivers regarding "vessel[s] transporting passengers between ports in the United States, or between a port in the United States and a port in a foreign country," applies when a vessel...

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