John E. Hart, named Cabras Marine Corporation, Saipan Marine Corporation and Seabridge Inc. as defendants in his lawsuit.

Hart, who has a 30-year seaman experience, alleged Jones Act negligence, and unseaworthiness.

In dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice, Judge Manglona said the court will retain jurisdiction over the matter to enforce or interpret any settlement agreement executed by the parties.

Dismissed with prejudice means the lawsuit cannot be refiled.

According to court information, the case was settled following a settlement conference held on Oct. 8, 2020. Hart was represented by attorneys David Banes and Bruce Berline while attorney Robert T. Torres represented the defendants.

In his lawsuit, Hart demanded a jury trial and sought monetary damages.

He said he was employed by the defendants when he was injured on March 20, 2017 while on MT Mangilao, a vessel operated and owned by Cabras Marine Corporation.

He said he was injured when the  shaft gear box of the vessel came apart and pieces of the gear box struck him in the groin/abdomen area, his face, and other areas of his body.

As a result of the injuries, Hart said he has sustained and will continue to sustain permanent and painful injuries of body and mind; will continue to suffer physical pain and mental anguish; has incurred and will continue to incur medical, hospital related expenses; and has lost and may continue to lose wages.

Hart said because of the injuries, he “will be in the future prevented from participating in and enjoying the normal pleasures of life to which [he] was formerly accustomed.”

He alleged that the “negligence of [the] defendants, their agents, servants, officers and/or employees resulted in, or at the very least, played the slightest part in bringing about Plaintiff Hart's injuries including his physical, mental, economic and non-economic damages,” the lawsuit also stated.

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