- Whether the Seventh Circuit's conclusion that the plaintiffs were terminated in violation of the seaman's whistleblower statute, 46 U.S.C. Sec. 2114, conflicts with the only other court of appeals decision interpreting the statute, or with interpretations of other whistleblower statutes.
- Whether the Seventh Circuit's decision conflicts with its own precedent regarding proof of causation in retaliation cases.
- Whether the Seventh Circuit erred in upholding the district court's punitive damages award under an abuse-of-discretion standard when the constitutionality of the award was never challenged.