Lawsuits

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

Arctic Cat files patent-infringement lawsuit against BRP

Arctic Cat filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Bombardier Recreational Products  and BRP U.S. on Thursday, alleging that the makers of Sea-Doo personal watercraft infringed on Arctic Cat’s intellectual property regarding off-throttle steering.

Sea Hawk Paints executives plead guilty in banned-coating case

Four executives at New Nautical Coatings, doing business as Sea Hawk Paints and Sea Hawk Refinish Line, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Florida to criminal charges in connection with a scheme to unlawfully sell a marine coating that contained an unregistered pesticide.

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.

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