Cruise Line Sues Passenger Lawyer Wins $23,466.44 Award

Lance Soskin v Royal Caribbean Cruises
Lance Soskin v Royal Caribbean Cruises
Lance Soskin (Linkedin.com)
Lance Soskin (Linkedin.com)

Citing the worthless merit of a “frivolous” cruise ship lawsuit, a cruise line has won a settlement against a lawyer. A very rare cruise line lawsuit came to the attention of Cruise Bruise Investigates. The lawsuit title Lance Soskin v Royal Caribbean Ltd, was filed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ Allure of the Seas cruise ship passenger Lance Soskin.

According to court documents for the lawsuit, Lance Soskin was on cruise with his employer Agilebits on January 24, 2016 and was employed as a business development manager for the company.  Royal Caribbean claimed Soskin made housekeeping requests to keep the housekeeping crew out of his cabin, which is  against company policy; he was “rude, belligerent and used offensive language.”

Linkedin identifies Lance Soskin as a Osgoode Hall Law School lawyer  and as a  “Principal Lawyer at “Contracts, Law & More”. His Linkedin profile says, “A no-nonsense business and technology lawyer with years of experience founding and managing both online and offline businesses. My career has spanned law, investment banking and entrepreneurial ventures. Reliable, trustworthy, diligent. I thrive on challenging projects that require innovative thought. Confident that there is a solution to almost any problem; I will work tirelessly to find that solution.”

Lance Soskin Principal Lawyer Contract Law & More
Lance Soskin Principal Lawyer Contract Law & More

However, his Linkedlin profile also shows him as Managing Partner Soskin, Soskin & Potasky LLP in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 2004 to 2006. We were unable to find Soskin in the  Canadian Bar Association directory.  Soskin, Soskin & Potasky is a “Boutique law firm specializing in creditor’s rights, commercial debt recovery, commercial law and litigation.”

As well, Linkedin lists him as Founder and president of Quibbly, with  dates Employed from 2012 – 2015. eQuibbly was an online arbitration service. It provided a simple, private, and cost-effective way for companies to resolve contract disputes without the aggravation and expense of litigation, or in-person arbitration. eQuibbly used streamlined rules and procedures to resolve contract disputes efficiently and effectively. The parties received a decision that was legally binding and enforceable in signatory countries to The New York Convention including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., South Africa and Australia.

There is no mention on his Linkedin Profile of him ever having worked for Agilebits, yet the court document clearly states he was working for them at the time of the incident related to this lawsuit.

Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship Passenger Sued By RCCL
Allure of the Seas Cruise Ship Passenger Sued By RCCL

On December 26, 2016, Arbitrator Michael Kavanagh entered an Arbitration Award:

  • a. Finding Petitioner failed to establish that RCL engaged in tortuous interference with his employment relationship and dismissed with prejudice Petitioner’s claim for tortuous interference; and
  • b. Given the frivolous nature of all of the claims made by Petitioner, he was ordered to reimburse RCL 50% of the legal fees and costs incurred in this arbitration.

On March 7, 2017, an award of $23,466.44 was entered in favor of RCL.

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