Supreme Court Holds That an Amended Pleading “Relates Back” Even When Plaintiff Knew of the Cruise Line’s Existence and Delayed in Amending


Wanda Krupski brought a diversity negligence claim against Costa Cruise Lines for injuries sustained when she tripped over a cable on a cruise ship. Krupski’s passenger ticket identified the cruise line owner, Costa Crociere S. p. A., as the proper party to sue. After the one-year limitations period expired, Costa Cruise Lines moved for summary judgment on the ground that it was merely the carrier’s sales and marketing agent and not the proper defendant.

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