This Note argues that the doctrine of forum non conveniens should be applied uniformly to all cases brought by non-U.S. seamen under the Jones Act in U.S. courts. Part I reviews Jones Act legislation, case law, and the doctrine of forum non conveniens. Part II analyzes modified forum non conveniens case law and diversity forum non conveniens case law. Part III argues that diversity forum non conveniens analysis best interprets the congressional intent underlying the Jones Act, and best follows the guidelines established by the U.S. Supreme Court's forum non conveniens and Jones Act case law. This Note concludes that U.S. courts should uniformly apply the doctrine of forum non conveniens to all Jones Act claims by non-U.S. seamen to maintain consistency with congressional intent and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Timothy P. O'Shea,
The Jones Act's Specific Venue Provision: Does it Preclude Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal?,
14 Fordham Int'l L.J. 696
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