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Crew of ship in piracy drama sue for $50M

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A new twist in the 2009 Somali pirate drama involving Underhill's Captain Richard Phillips.

The five-day standoff ended when Navy SEALs killed three of Captain Phillips' captors.  Phillips was hailed as a hero afterwards and his story is the subject of a feature film -- in production -- starring Tom Hanks.  Now 11 former crew members from the Maersk Alabama are suing the container company, saying Phillips ignored warnings to sail clear of pirate-infested waters off Africa. Phillips is not named in the lawsuit.  The company that owns the ship says the lawsuit is without merit.

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