Lawsuits

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

Lewmar involved in trademark suit in Connecticut

A federal court in Connecticut denied three motions for summary judgment from marine manufacturer Lewmar in a trademark infringement and unfair trade practices case. Dax Labs LLC announced that a trial on the remaining issues in the case is scheduled to begin later this year. Dax said Lewmar said in its motions that it did…more

Judge says federal court must take up Silverton capsize lawsuit

A judge ruled that any lawsuits against the owner of the boat involved in the Oyster Bay, N.Y., boat accident on July 4, 2012, in which three children drowned must be heard in federal court under admiralty law. The ruling signed last Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein and released Wednesday means that…more

Father of victim files first lawsuit in Silverton sinking

The first lawsuit in the fatal July 4, 2012, Long Island, N.Y., sinking of a 34-foot Silverton in which three children drowned was filed by the father and brother of victim Victoria Gaines. The action came a week after the lawyer for the owner of Silverton, named Kandi Won, submitted papers in federal court in…more

Lenco Marine wins appeal on patent infringement

A federal appeals court judge ruled in favor of trim tab manufacturer Lenco Marine after the company appealed a district court judge’s decision in a 2004 patent infringement lawsuit filed by Bennett Marine. Bennett was awarded $1.1 million in March when U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ruled that Lenco Marine, Lenco president Richard DeVito Jr.…more

Cup jury upholds protests over rule changes

An international jury upheld the protest by America’s Cup syndicates Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge over moves to alter the AC72 Class Rule. The America’s Cup Event Authority said Thursday that racing can proceed as scheduled if the teams adhere to the AC72 Class Rule, as well as to the 37 safety…more

Freighter Boats Unloaded Fort Lauderdale

Yachts ‘arrested’ after transport

Yacht Path reportedly collected shipping charges from boat owners but never paid the freight carrier When Larry Hemmerich’s yacht arrived at Port Everglades, Fla., on Feb. 23, he took a photo of the custom 37-foot Down East-style lobster yacht on the deck of the bulk cargo carrier Vesuvius, little knowing that a few hours later…more

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Laser sailboat designer sues for past royalties

At 84 and with an accomplished career crowned by his design of the Laser sailboat, Bruce Kirby says the last place he wants to devote his time is in a courtroom. But that’s where he could find himself after he filed suit in U.S. District Court in an attempt to claim past-due royalties from the…more

Marine law firm announces merger

Miami-based Houck Anderson, a maritime and admiralty law firm, said it merged with The Chartwell Law Offices LLP, one of the fastest-growing law firms on the East Coast. The merger became effective March 1. Houck Anderson is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. The firm is also named a Best Law Firm in America in Maritime Law…more

Federal judge dismisses Cup cat salvage claim

The salvage claim made by a San Francisco resident over the French America’s Cup World Series team’s 45-foot catamaran has been dismissed. Energy Team thanked Todd Tholke for “salvaging its vessel” in a statement released by Noah Hagey, the lawyer representing the team. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg dismissed the case ealier this month, noting…more

Lawsuit filed in boating death of Illinois boy

The family of a boy who was run over by a boat on the Chain O’ Lakes filed a lawsuit that alleges the boater and a passenger were recklessly partying before the fatal crash. The parents, two sisters and brother of Tony Borcia, 10, say the powerboat, called Purple Haze, was traveling so fast that…more

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