The legal maneuvering over the deadly sinking of the Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea in March has begun, with the boat's owners asking a federal judge to limit — or remove entirely — any liability for the tragedy even as lawsuits from surviving crew members and families of the dead pile up. So far, 21 personal-injury and two wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed in King County Superior Court, each accusing Seattle-based Fishing Company of Alaska — the owner of the 189-foot head-and-gut processor — of negligence and operating an unseaworthy vessel. Several other lawsuits are pending, including one to be filed by the family of the ship's captain, 66-year-old Eric Peter Jacobsen, of Lynnwood, one of five crewmen who died, according to maritime lawyer Steven Fury, who represents Jacobsen's widow."Local News | Alaska Ranger's owners seek to limit liability in lawsuits | Seattle Times Newspaper, June 29, 2008.
Steven Fury and his partner Bill Bailey have both taught Trial Ad at the UW.