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Fourth lawsuit against El Faro owners attacks law passed in 1851
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Fourth lawsuit against El Faro owners attacks law passed in 1851

Fourth lawsuit against El Faro owners attacks law passed in 1851
Anthony Thomas was one of 33 crew members who died in the sinking of El Faro.

Fourth lawsuit against El Faro owners attacks law passed in 1851

The fourth lawsuit connected to the sinking of the Jacksonville container ship El Faro has been filed against the ship’s owners.

TOTE Maritime, along with several of its entities, INTEC Maritime Offshore Services Corp. and Ship or Land Operations Agency Inc. are all listed on the lawsuit filed by the Houston law office of Arnold & Itkin.

This lawsuit, filed in Broward County, comes on behalf of the family of Anthony Shawn Thomas, who was a Navy veteran and spent the last 17 years as a merchant mariner. He leaves behind his widow and five children.

A definitive dollar amount isn’t expressed in the lawsuit yet, only that they are seeking more than $15,000.

“(TOTE Maritime) should have never let El Faro go to sea,” Attorney Kurt Arnold told WOKV. “They’ve tried very hard to blame it on the captain exclusively, as if they had no role in it.”

Arnold alleges that TOTE Maritime was aware of El Faro’s problems taking on water before it went into Hurricane Joaquin, and says, in his experience, companies always make the last call before a ship heads into bad weather.

GALLERY: Remembering the 33 El Faro crew members

What makes this lawsuit different than previous ones is the explicit targeting of a maritime law, passed in 1851, which states a company can only be liable for the value of the ship and cargo. With El Faro somewhere at the bottom of the ocean, that’s pretty much nothing.

“As a maritime lawyer that’s done this a long time I know this is where the company is going next,” Arnold said. “You don’t have to hide behind this old antiquated law; you’re out there saying you want to take care of all these families, then do it.”

Arnold says he’ll try to get the law repealed in the process.

TOTE has declined to answer questions on any pending legal issues, and have expressed their will to help the families of El Faro’s crew.

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So, we think there was a mix of people here but certainly people here who do this type of protest and demonstration.” Ask if the demonstrators were believed to have been “professional protesters,” Bowser told the “Today” show, “We’ve seen some of these tactics before so we know that they were among the groups here.” She described the tactics used as “the types of tools they use, restocking, setting fires here and there to try to draw in the police to various locations.” 2 killed, police officer injured during protests in Iowa Update 8:35 a.m. EDT June 1: Two people died and a police officer is injured Monday following a series of shootings reported during protests overnight in Davenport, Iowa, police said. One person died in a shooting reported at the Walmart on West Kimberly Road and one person died in a separate shooting in the 1100 block of West 15th Street, according to police. Officials said rioters ambushed police officers in a vehicle around 3 a.m., firing several shots, some of which hit a police car while officers were inside. Police Chief Paul Sirkorski said one officer was injured. Police were later able to find the vehicle and arrested several people after it crashed during a pursuit. Sirkorski said the officer was “doing okay” Monday morning. “What we experienced tonight, last night was completely unacceptable and it does not honor the memory of Mr. Floyd,” Sirkorski said at a news conference Monday. Mayor Mike Matson said that in light of the overnight violence, a curfew will be enacted for all of Scott County on Monday. He said he has also requested the help of the Iowa National Guard. Facebook pledges $10 million toward ‘efforts committed to ending racial injustice’  Update 7:51 a.m. EDT June 1: Facebook will donate $10 million to “efforts committed to ending racial injustice,” the social media juggernaut announced early Monday. Several Boston police officers injured, more than 3 dozen protesters arrested Sunday night Update 5:37 a.m. EDT June 1: The Boston Police Department has confirmed multiple officers were injured during Sunday night’s protests, and 40 demonstrators were arrested. According to the department, at least seven officers were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries, numerous others were treated at the scene of the violent clashes and at least 21 police cruisers were damaged during the protest.  Citing ‘violence and thefts,’ Washington county declares state of emergency Update 5:14 a.m. EDT June 1: Washington’s King County, which includes the city of Seattle, declared a state of emergency early Monday due to “violence and thefts associated with some of the local protests.” “King County values and respects the peaceful expression of political views, and supports all people in exercising their First Amendment rights,” the county government said in a news release. Derek Chauvin’s 1st court appearance postponed 1 week Update 4:55 a.m. EDT June 1: The first court appearance for the former Minnesota officer charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd has been postponed until June 8. Chauvin, the officer seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, originally had a hearing set for 1 p.m. Monday. Court records cite no specific reason for the delay. Chauvin was moved to the Hennepin County Jail from the Ramsey County Jail Sunday. Birmingham protesters tear down Confederate monument, set fire to Thomas Jefferson statue Update 4:32 a.m. EDT June 1: Protesters in Birmingham, Alabama, were captured on video Sunday night looping a rope around the neck of a monument to a Confederate naval captain before dragging it to the ground. The statue, depicting Charles Linn, could be seen in the aftermath lying face down with “BLM” painted in large red letters along the back of his leg, The Washington Post reported. In addition to smashing the namesake of Birmingham’s Linn Park, protesters also set a statue of Thomas Jefferson ablaze. Police fatally shoot man at Louisville protest they say opened fire first Update 4:12 a.m. EDT June 1: A man has been shot and killed during protests in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, shots were fired at them first. The shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m., and the victim has not been identified. Washington activates statewide National Guard Update 3:38 a.m. EDT June 1: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called up the National Guard for statewide deployment. “We must not let these illegal and dangerous actions detract from the anger so many feel at the deep injustice laid so ugly and bare by the death of George Floyd,” Inslee said in a statement. He also noted that members of the Guard engaged in crowd control must remain unarmed to ensure public safety. “But we also will not turn away from our responsibility to protect the residents of our state,” Inslee said in the statement. Florida police officer suspended after shoving kneeling protester Update 3:14 a.m. EDT June 1: A police officer has been suspended after video showed him shoving a kneeling woman during a Sunday afternoon protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to The Washington Post, the video shows police walking through throngs of protesters as several people dropped to their knees and held their hands overhead. As one officer passed a black woman kneeling at his feet, he reached down and shoved the back of her head, sending her falling forward into the pavement. Nearby protesters erupted in shouts and several people threw water bottles at the police. The officer retreated, followed by other officers who appeared to be yelling at him over his actions, the Post reported. George Floyd's son says heart ‘really touched’ by mass protests Update 2:59 a.m. EDT June 1: Quincy Mason Floyd had not seen his father, George, since he was a young child. On Sunday night, the younger Floyd attended a Bryan, Texas, protest and spoke with CNN affiliate KBTX. 'Everyone is coming out and showing him love. My heart is really touched by all this,” Quincy Mason Floyd told the local station. DC’s historic St. John’s church set ablaze during Sunday protests Update 2:51 a.m. EDT June 1: A fire was set in the basement of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House, during Sunday night demonstrations calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Tanker truck driver who plowed into crowd of Minnesota protesters charged with assault Update 2:32 a.m. EDT June 1: Bogdan Vechirko, the man who drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters on a Minnesota interstate Sunday, has been charged with assault, according to Hennepin County Jail records. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety described Vechirko’s actions as “inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.”  He is being held without bail. The Massachusetts National Guard arrives in Boston Update 2:02 a.m. EDT June 1: The Massachusetts National Guard has arrived in Boston to disperse the remaining protesters, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told CNN. Police have already made two arrests after two protesters jumped a fence and tried to get onto State House property, the network reported. Austin police fire on protesters after a day of peaceful demonstrations Update 1:42 a.m. EDT June 1: Police in Austin, Texas, opened fire on protesters early Sunday with what demonstrators described as rubber bullets, The Washington Post reported. The clash followed a day of peaceful protests in the Texas capital with witnesses stating the shots were fired by a group of officers on a nearby overpass at protesters who had been descending on police headquarters. .At least three people were struck by the projectiles, including a young woman who was hit in the back of the head, the Post reported. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The family of a man who died of the coronavirus is now suing the cruise line after he became infected with the illness. Ronald Wong and his wife Eva Wong, were on board the Grand Princess on Feb. 21 when it left San Francisco. A month after the trip started, Ronald Wong died of COVID-19, USA Today reported. His family said Carnival Cruise Line, the parent company of Princess Cruise Line which operated the ship, should have known a passenger on the cruise that sailed from Mexico and prior to the Wong’s trip. The 71-year-old passenger, who was not named, was the first coronavirus death in California. The suit said 62 passengers from Mexico, as well as, 1,000 crew members, stayed on the ship on its way to Hawaii. The Grand Princess returned to California on March 9 with passengers taken to military bases in California for a 14-day quarantine, USA Today reported. Originally, the Wongs showed no symptoms of the coronavirus, but Ronald Wong developed a fever and cough and was taken to a hospital. Both he and his wife tested positive. Ronald Wong died on March 24. Eva Wong recovered. More than 130 passengers on the trip had tested positive for COVID-19 and five died. The lawsuit states that both Princess and Carnival cruise lines knew passengers and crew members were infected with coronavirus and did nothing to stop the spread, KTVU reported. The suit contends another ship owned by the companies, the Diamond Princess, was quarantined in Japan on Feb. 3 after two passengers died and others tested positive, KTVU reported. The suit is asking for damages for medical costs. There are about a dozen suits filed against the companies by either passengers or the family members, USA Today reported.
  • Pat Dye, who led Auburn’s football team to four Southeastern Conference championships during his 12-year coaching career at the university, died Monday. He was 80. Dye had tested positive for the coronavirus while he was hospitalized in Atlanta with kidney issues, his son told ESPN last month. Dye’s death was first reported by 247Sports. Dye led the Tigers to a 99-39-4 record from 1981 to 1992, winning at least a share of SEC championships in 1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989. His Auburn teams won at least 10 games in a season four times and won six bowl games. Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He also was the university’s athletic director from 1981 to 1991. Former Auburn Athletic Director David Housel said in a statement that Auburn “will be forever better because of (Dye).” “People will talk about all the games he won, the championships and bowl games, but his greatest contribution, his legacy, is the difference he made in the lives of the people who played for him and worked with him,” Housel said in a statement. 'I am one of them. He made a difference in my life. “He came to Auburn at a time when Auburn needed leadership and focus. He provided that leadership and focus.” Dye’s first SEC title was won with the help of running back Bo Jackson and was the program’s first football conference title in 26 years, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. In 1982, Jackson’s goal-line leap allowed Auburn to defeat Alabama and snap a nine-game losing streak to the Tigers’ in-state rivals. Dye was instrumental in moving the Iron Bowl from Legion Field to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1989 after the game had been played annually in Birmingham since 1948, AL.com reported. “When I saw Coach (Bear) Bryant when I first got to Auburn, the first thing he said to me, very first thing, he said, ‘Well, I guess you’re going to want to take that game to Auburn,’” Dye told AL.com in 2019. “I said, ‘We’re going to take it to Auburn.’ “He said, ‘Well, we’ve got a contract through (19)88. … I said, ‘Well, we’ll play ’89 in Auburn.’” Dye was a three-time SEC coach of the year and 1983 national coach of the year. Dye was an All-American high school football player at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and led his team to the Class 3A state championship in 1956, WRBL reported.

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