Lawsuits

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

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.

Victim’s family files lawsuit in Key West racing death

Two years after three powerboat racers were killed in the Key West World Championship, the family of one of the victims filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court. William Tillman, uncle and personal representative of the estate of Big Thunder driver Jeffrey “JT” Tillman of Missouri, sued Super Boat International Productions president John…more

Settlements reached in Wall Street ferry crash

Victims of the Wall Street ferry that crashed into a New York pier earlier this year were awarded nearly $1 million in damages for the injures they received. William R. Bennett III, one of the lawyers representing ferry operator SeaStreak, told The Maritime Executive that the company had settled 40 to 45 claims out of…more

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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