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FRANK D. BUTLER is an attorney in the State of Florida for the past 22 years and is licensed in every Court in Florida, including all state and federal courts. Frank is an avid outdoor enthusiast and represents people injured in boating accidents and cruise ship injuries. You should be careful to hire an attorney who knows the issues specific to cruise ship cases and boating accidents.

I grew up in Florida and have been around the boating and marine industry my entire life. I have filed suit against all of the cruiselines that operate in Florida and have successfully handled boating cases throughout Florida. It’s what we do. Maritime law is very complex and you need to make sure that the attorney you choose has experience in handling these types of cases.

Many attorneys advertise for boating injury and cruise ship cases. See our “Very Important Information” under the Cruise Ship button and our “10 Things You Need To Know” under the Boating Accidents button. If the attorney you are considering cannot answer these questions, you should consider whether they actually handle these types of cases.
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Why would an attorney just advertise for boating or cruise cases if they do not handle them? First, an attorney can refer your case to a maritime attorney and collect a referral fee. Second, an attorney can try to handle your boating or cruise ship claim even if they have never handled one at all. At our law firm we do not handle real estate law, bankruptcy, divorces, contracts, criminal law, probate, tax matters, medical malpractice, etc.

Your consultation with us is at absolutely no charge to you. There are no fees and no costs to you unless we win your case. See our Cruise Ship button and Boating Accidents button for very important information you should know regarding your claim. Maritime law imposes shorter statutes of limitation than most state courts.


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Covid And The King

CARNIVAL’S WEEK: THE COVID AND THE KING

Carnival Cruise Line suffered two setbacks this week. One having to do with a lawsuit arising from claimed Covid infections on CCL cruises. The second loss came over a dispute with Lebron James as to whether Carnival Cruise Line’s intended use of the name “KING JAMES” for a cruise ship would infringe upon Lebron James’ trademarks. 

Many people know that NBA star Lebron James is known as “KING JAMES”, and Lebron James to his credit trademarked several versions of that name. Carnival Cruise Line wanted to use the name “KING JAMES” for the name of one of their newer ships coming online. Not a surprise that Lebron James didn’t think much of Carnival’s idea. Initially, Carnival’s attorneys fought with Lebron James to be able to use the KING JAMES name. However, Carnival this week threw in the towel on their pursuit of the idea. The entire situation is ironic in that Carnival is based in Miami, Florida and Lebron James played for the Miami Heat NBA team—and even won two world championships there. The real irony is that the Miami Heat team is owned by Mickey Arison—the founder of …… Carnival Cruise Line.

Second defeat of the week comes from California where a judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that several passengers were infected with Covid-19 on a Carnival Cruise Ship. The case is filed as Robert Archer et al v. Carnival Corporation and PLC et al (Case No. 2:20-cv-04203). The federal judge denied Carnival Cruise Line’s motion to dismiss the case. The claimants—17 of them—alleged they were exposed to Covid-19 on a February 2020 cruise in which CCL knew of certain other passengers’ illnesses but did not inform the new passengers. 

We will be watching this case closely. Very frequently a defendant at the outset of a case in federal court will ask the judge to dismiss it, and many times that motion is granted. In this case it does not mean the claimants will win, it means they live to fight another day in that court. One of the tough issues with Covid-19 or even simple Norovirus cases is proving when the claimant contracted the virus and how they contracted it.  The cruise lines’—and we mean all of them—general position is that a claimant had the virus before they came on board, or second, that the cruise line cannot possibly know the health status of very single person who comes on board the vessel. This will be interesting to see how this case plays out, in that, the allegations are that certain passengers were on this voyage who had been on a previous vessel which was allegedly known to have Corona virus cases. 

INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP? THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

888-B-0-A-T-L-A-W.

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CARNIVAL’S WEEK: THE COVID AND THE KING

Carnival Cruise Line suffered two setbacks this week. One having to do with a lawsuit arising from claimed Covid infections on CCL cruises. The second loss came over a dispute with Lebron James as to whether Carnival Cruise Line’s intended use of the name “KING JAMES” for a cruise ship would infringe upon Lebron James’ trademarks. 

Many people know that NBA star Lebron James is known as “KING JAMES”, and Lebron James to his credit trademarked several versions of that name. Carnival Cruise Line wanted to use the name “KING JAMES” for the name of one of their newer ships coming online. Not a surprise that Lebron James didn’t think much of Carnival’s idea. Initially, Carnival’s attorneys fought with Lebron James to be able to use the KING JAMES name. However, Carnival this week threw in the towel on their pursuit of the idea. The entire situation is ironic in that Carnival is based in Miami, Florida and Lebron James played for the Miami Heat NBA team—and even won two world championships there. The real irony is that the Miami Heat team is owned by Mickey Arison—the founder of …… Carnival Cruise Line.

Second defeat of the week comes from California where a judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that several passengers were infected with Covid-19 on a Carnival Cruise Ship. The case is filed as Robert Archer et al v. Carnival Corporation and PLC et al (Case No. 2:20-cv-04203). The federal judge denied Carnival Cruise Line’s motion to dismiss the case. The claimants—17 of them—alleged they were exposed to Covid-19 on a February 2020 cruise in which CCL knew of certain other passengers’ illnesses but did not inform the new passengers. 

We will be watching this case closely. Very frequently a defendant at the outset of a case in federal court will ask the judge to dismiss it, and many times that motion is granted. In this case it does not mean the claimants will win, it means they live to fight another day in that court. One of the tough issues with Covid-19 or even simple Norovirus cases is proving when the claimant contracted the virus and how they contracted it.  The cruise lines’—and we mean all of them—general position is that a claimant had the virus before they came on board, or second, that the cruise line cannot possibly know the health status of very single person who comes on board the vessel. This will be interesting to see how this case plays out, in that, the allegations are that certain passengers were on this voyage who had been on a previous vessel which was allegedly known to have Corona virus cases. 

INJURED ON A CRUISE SHIP? THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

888-B-0-A-T-L-A-W.

By : Butler Boating Accident & Injury Lawyer | December 4, 2020 | Cruise Ship Injuries