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Michael Castaneda

Michael Castaneda, deceased captain of a US fishing vessel.
Pago Pago, AAMERICAN SAMOA — The wrongful death lawsuit brought on by surviving members of a fisherman who died when he fell overboard a US fishing vessel docked in Pago Pago and drowned, is far from over in the federal courts. Last month, US District Court, Philip S. Gutierrez of the federal court...
Michael Castaneda, deceased captain of a US fishing vessel.
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A federal judge in California has ruled that the High Court of American Samoa has jurisdiction to hear a wrongful death lawsuit brought by surviving members of a fisherman who died when he fell overboard a US fishing vessel docked in Pago Pago and drowned. With that...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — “American Samoa would be an inadequate forum” to hear claims under the federal Jones Act by relatives of a US seaman who died in the territory, because the “High Court of American Samoa does not conduct jury trials in civil actions,” declared attorneys for plaintiffs in...
Michael Castaneda
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent Two similar but separate wrongful death lawsuits are pending before the High Court of American Samoa and the federal court in Santa Ana, California in connection with the death of the captain of a US fishing vessel, which was docked at the cannery side...