International Divers non-suited from Jones Act case

By David Yates | Jun 3, 2013

International Divers Company Inc. has been non-suited from a Jones Act lawsuit filed in Jefferson County District Court.

On June 21, 2012, Seaman Christopher Horner, a ship’s captain, sued his employer, Associated Marine Services, alleging the company should have provided better communication with the deck hands assisting him while he pulled a line.

International Divers was later added as a defendant. 

On May 22 Horner filed a notice of partial non-suit, seeking to dismiss International Divers only, court papers say.

The following day, Judge Gary Sanderson, 6oth District Court, dismissed International Divers without prejudice.

The lawsuit alleges that on March 16, 2012, Horner was a captain aboard the AMS vessel, the Ronnie Massad, when he injured his left shoulder.

Horner was pulling a line while untying the vessel when the injury occurred.

Horner alleges the defendant negligently failed to provide proper means of communication with other deckhands assisting with the work in question.

He is suing for maintenance and cure benefits.

Houston attorney Matthew Shaffer of Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris is representing Horner.

Associated Marine is represented by attorney Michael Eaves of the Beaumont law firm Calvert Eaves Clarke & Stelly.

Case No. B192-605

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