Cruise line's law firm seeks fine in 'missing person' case

NEW YORK -- Lawyers for Royal Caribbean International asked a Miami-Dade (Fla.) circuit judge to impose a $171,000 fine on attorneys representing a Virginia family who said their daughter disappeared while on a Caribbean cruise in March 1998.

The request came almost three months after a Florida judge threw out two lawsuits filed against Royal Caribbean by Ronald and Ivy Bradley, the parents of Amy Bradley. The Bradleys claimed their daughter had been "abducted, hidden and forcibly removed" from Rhapsody of the Seas in Puerto Rico and was being kept against her will in Curacao.

Judge Stuart Simons ruled the Bradleys perpetrated "a fraud on the court" by concealing evidence that witnesses had seen their daughter living freely in Curacao after the disappearance. He reserved ruling on sanctions against either the Bradleys or Hall David & Joseph, the firm that represented them.

Royal Caribbean's attorneys, Kaye Rose & Maltzman of Miami, said its lawyers spent 1,324 hours working on the case.


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