Carnival will need to post an Insurance bond to cover the amount of the claim until its liability is legally established and the damages are determined appropriate. Some Legal Beagle was sitting up late nights!! If it turns out that this paticular Texas jurisdiction is unique in its application of what is claimed to be Maritime Law.....Carnival should pull out of that port (Galveston) as this type of lawsuit will spawn copycats!!!
It is curious how a German family decided to file the lawsuit in Galveston of all places, and not in the more logical Miami or Genoa Italy. I wonder if their is something unique to ports on the Gulf Of Mexico?
They are not accomplishing anything other than adversely impacting people who had nothing to do with the Concordia accident, and also not gaining any sympathy from those in Galveston who will be called to sit on the jury.
You would think the magistrate would have simply told Carnival they had X days to post a bond first, and then threatened to seize the ship if they did not do it. But then again, no verdict has been determined so why does Carnival have to do anything, just because a suit was filed? It isn't as though Carnival is going to flee like a fugitive, or is a debt risk.