Federal Judge Refuses To Remand Seaman's Case To State Court

NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Sept. 11 refused to remand a seaman's injury-related claims against his employer to state court, finding that the question of whether an arbitral award rendered by Philippine arbitrators was enforceable or was void based on public policy grounds should be decided in federal court (Lito Martinez Asignacion v. Rickmers Genoa Schiffahrts, No. 13-0607, E.D. La.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129797).

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