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Trial delayed in Alabama lawsuit over US cargo ship taken by pirates off Somalia in 2009

An Alabama judge has delayed the trial over a lawsuit filed after Somali pirates took over a U.S. cargo ship in 2009.

The lawsuit filed by crew members from the Maersk Alabama was set to go to court Monday in Mobile.

But court officials say the lawsuit is now headed to mediation and could end without a full-blown trial before jurors.

Crew members are suing Maersk Line Ltd. and the Mobile-based Waterman Steamship Corp. over the 2009 pirate attack that was dramatized in the recent movie "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks.

The lawsuit contends the ship was sailing too close to the Somalian coast when pirates boarded and took it over on April 8, 2009.

Maersk denies the claims. Court documents show Waterman had chartered the ship from Maersk.

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