Lawsuits

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

Court rules New York is not liable in capsizing

New York’s top court rejected damages claims against state inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for a 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005, drowning 20 people on a fall foliage tour. The Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that the state generally isn’t liable for “the negligent performance” of government…more

Prosecutor assigned to BUI probe in Maryland

The boat crash involving Maryland Delegate Donald H. Dwyer is being investigated by a Howard County prosecutor in order to avoid a conflict of interest. The Republican delegate admitted drinking alcohol prior to the crash, according to the Baltimore Sun. The Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Office referred the case to another jurisdiction more than…more

Florida dealer sentenced in BUI death

An Orlando boat dealer who was accused of piloting a boat while he was drunk and crashing, killing a 20-year-old and injuring four others, was sentenced to six years in federal prison last week. Mark David Watts, owner of Liquid Sports Marine, was charged with killing Shelby Harper, a former Amateur Athletic Union basketball star,…more

Top N.Y. state court weighs inspectors’ liability in tour boat disaster

State lawyers are urging New York’s top court to throw out the liability lawsuit against the inspectors who continually recertified a tour boat for 48-passenger capacity before it overturned on an Adirondack lake in 2005, drowning 19 senior citizens from Michigan and one Ohio resident on a leaf-peeping tour. Federal investigators afterward said the 40-foot…more

Tall ship ship seized in financial dispute

Argentina’s military intelligence director resigned Thursday, the latest casualty in a dispute between Argentina and an American hedge fund over ownership of an Argentine navy training ship that is impounded at a port in West Africa. The departure of María Lourdes Puente Olivera, a civilian and the first woman to lead the intelligence agency, comes…more

Ship surveyor gets prison time for lying about inspections

A Miami-based ship surveyor was sentenced Wednesday for lying to the Coast Guard and for falsely certifying that inspections had been performed on two ships. The inspections were designed to ensure that the ships were seaworthy and posed no threat to the crew or the marine environment. Alejandro Gonzalez, 60, of Miami-Dade County, Fla., was…more

Court battle looms on Florida marina demolition

Two local Florida governments are at an impasse over whether to tear down a marina building in Palm Beach County. The city of Boynton Beach wants to demolish an old marina building, but the county says it can’t, pointing to restrictions on $2 million it gave the city seven years ago to spruce up its…more

Lawsuit seeks to stop new Kentucky marina

A group of marina owners in Kentucky who fear that a new proposed marina site on Lake Cumberland could further hurt their business are asking a federal judge to block the proposal. The group says the south-central Kentucky lake does not need another marina because existing ones are hurting or even shutting down, according to…more

Ship captain convicted in obstruction case

A ship’s captain was convicted of obstructing a Coast Guard inspection last September in the port of Mobile, Ala., after the vessel discharged hundreds of plastic pipes into the ocean. Prastana Taohim, 38, former captain of the Panama-flagged cargo ship M/V Gaurav Prem, was convicted last week by a federal jury in Mobile of two…more

Lauderdale yacht company faces discrimination lawsuit

Broward County (Fla.) commissioners recently voted to sue a Fort Lauderdale yachting crew company for racial discrimination. Diane Melton applied for a job several years ago at the Luxury Yacht Group. After applying, she received an e-mail and read her would-be boss’s comments that she might not fit in with the yachting clientele because she…more

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