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Jun 7, 2010 1:52 PM by Melissa Canone

2 Oil Workers Widows Asking Congress To Repeal Old Law

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - The widows of two workers killed in the
Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion are calling on Congress to repeal
a 90-year-old law that limits the amount of money survivors can
recover in the deaths of family members.
Natalie Roshto of Liberty, Miss., and Courtney Kemp of
Jonesville, La., told a House panel Monday that the 1920 Death on
the High Seas Act limits how much money maritime companies must pay
in employee deaths at sea. Their husbands, Shane Roshto, 22, and
Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, both worked for Transocean Ltd., which owned
the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded April 20, killing 11
men.
It was unclear whether Congress could repeal the maritime law
retroactively, and whether any changes would apply in the Gulf
explosion.

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