Cal Dive International non-suited from Jones Act suit

David Yates Jul. 30, 2012, 2:00pm


Before a hearing to transfer venue could take place, Cal Dive International was non-suited from a Jones Act suit brought by Louis Palanek.

Palanek, who hurt his back while pulling tangled hoses out of the water, filed suit against his employer, Cal Dive, on Jan. 17 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging that he should have been protected from taking unnecessary risks.

A hearing to transfer venue in the case was slated to be held on July 30 in Judge Milton Shuffield's 136th District Court. However, a court official informed the Southeast Texas Record that the hearing was canceled, since Palanek non-suited Cal Dive the prior week.

The suit states that on Oct. 16 Palanek was serving aboard the Cal Dive II off the coast of Texas. He was instructed to pull tangled hoses out of the water when he injured his back.

Palanek alleged Cal Dive negligently failed to supervise and train its employees, provide a safe work environment and protect crewmembers from unnecessary risks.

He was suing for his alleged past and future medical expenses, mental anguish, pain, impairment, disfigurement and lost wages, plus all court costs.

Houston attorney Kurt Arnold of Arnold & Itkin represents him.

Cal Dive is represented by Houston attorney Ronald White of the White Mackillop & Gallant law firm.

Case No. D191-660

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