Captain Phillips’ Crew v. Maersk et al.
Maersk Line and Waterman Steamship Corp., the shipping companies at the fore of Paul Greengrass’ pirate actioner,
, have come under fire from the actual crewmen who served with the real-life Philips, who’re now seeking damages of $50 million.
In October 2013, suits filed in Alabama and Texas by a handful of his co-workers claim the film muddled the true facts of the case, causing physical and emotional injuries. Brian Beckcom, the attorney handling nine of the Cap’s subordinates, stated:
“I want moviegoers to know that the true heroes are the Navy marksmen and Navy personnel who bailed out the shipping company and Captain Phillips... The pirate hijacking would never have taken place if not for the negligence of the captain, shipping company, and ship operator.”
The suit alleges Phillips continued to ignore maritime warnings indicating that at 250 miles from the coast, he had placed the freighter in a prime location for pirates instead of the recommended 600 miles.
How It Was Resolved:
As of December 2013, an Alabama judge postponed the trial due to both parties entering mediation in an attempt to settle out of court. If they fail to reach a compromise, a trial-by-jury is likely to be held this summer.