According to the Associated Press, a federal appeals court has turned down a request to reconsider the decision to allow cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice.
The 111th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to revisit the ruling; Royal Caribbean still has the option to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition, this decision reversed 100 years of precedent that granted immunity to cruise lines from medical negligence litigation. The ruling that was initially made late last year came after a man died from a head injury on a cruise, opening up the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for any injuries they may have wrongly sustained on board.