Lawsuits

Trade Only follows developments in lawsuits that can have a significant effect on companies or sections of the worldwide marine industry.

Court rules on liability in yacht transport suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a yacht owner is not liable for additional costs incurred by a third party in the overland transportation of a yacht if the owner had no knowledge of or contract with that third party.

Lawsuit filed in South Carolina boating accident

The mother of a 14-year-old South Carolina girl injured in a boating accident, causing her thumb to be amputated, is suing Myrtle Beach tourism leader James Matthew Brittain and Murrells Inlet Epiphany over the incident, according to federal court documents.

Capacity legislation proposed in wake of Silverton sinking

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is introducing legislation that would require new boats up to 45 feet to display maximum capacity signs, the most recent legislative response to an accident nearly two years ago that left three children dead after a 34-foot boat carrying 27 people capsized on Long Island Sound.

Sea Hawk Paints maker indicted over TBT use

Federal prosecutors charged a Florida paint and coatings manufacturer with conspiring to unlawfully produce and continue sales of a bottom paint containing the pesticide tributyltin methacrylate, or TBT, and falsely representing to customers and distributors that it was in compliance with federal law.

Charter captain pleads guilty to cocaine smuggling

A boat captain is facing up to life in prison after admitting that he smuggled more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine — with a street value of about $14.5 million — into South Florida on board a luxury charter yacht called Secret Spot.

Lawsuits filed in fatal Hudson River crash

The man whose bride-to-be and best man were killed when the powerboat they were in crashed into a construction barge on the Hudson River last summer is among the latest to sue the joint venture building the new Tappan Zee Bridge, as well as the boat’s driver.

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