Lawsuits

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

Appeals court expands admiralty law in diving accident

A federal appeals court ruled that an injury suffered on a recreational boat anchored in a shallow though navigable recreational bay falls under admiralty jurisdiction despite a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision that narrows admiralty’s purview a bit to weed out “absurd” cases that have little to do with maritime commerce.

Garmin and Johnson Outdoors settle patent lawsuit

Garmin International and Johnson Outdoors said today that the companies reached an agreement on a settlement that resolves a lawsuit involving Johnson Outdoors’ patented side scan sonar technology.

Lawsuit alleges Dometic sold defective refrigerators

Hagens Berman, a group that has leveraged successful class-action litigation against giants such as Philip Morris and is taking on Volkswagen for its role in the emissions controversy, filed a class-action suit against Dometic Corp. on April 21, saying the company sold defective refrigerators that can spontaneously ignite on boats and RVs.

Forespar appeals verdict in TruPlug lawsuit

Forespar Products Corp. responded today to a statement from TruPlug and said it is appealing a mid-2015 California jury verdict that awarded TruPlug damages in a lawsuit against Forespar.

TruPlug wins contract-breach lawsuit against Forespar

TruPlug, manufacturer of the original TruPlug emergency plug for boats, said today that Orange County Superior Court in California awarded the company more than $500,000 in damages in its lawsuit against Forespar, a marine products distributor in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Electronics patent battle continues

In the latest round in a legal tussle between two marine electronics heavyweights, Garmin has reassured its dealers and customers that it has not shipped any product with the technology the International Trade Commission says infringes on Navico patents.

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