In an action based on Defendant's alleged refusal to pay maintenance and cure to Plaintiff for injuries he suffered while working on Defendant's tugboat, the District Court's order holding that punitive damages were available is affirmed where punitive damages for the willful and wanton disregard of the maintenance and cure obligation remain available as a matter of general maritime law.
Argued March 2, 2009
Decided June 25, 2009
Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the Court.
Alito, J., filed a dissenting opinion.