Lawsuits

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

Northwest boatbuilder avoids manslaughter charges

Prosecutors declined to file charges against a King County, Wash., man who police believe knowingly sold an unsafe boat that capsized on Lake Stevens two years ago, killing a woman. Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Ed Stemler said Tuesday that there was not enough evidence to prove that the boatbuilder was criminally liable, The (Everett) Herald…more

Family’s drowning lawsuit includes boatbuilder

Family members of two people who drowned last spring during a boating outing on San Diego Bay for people with special needs filed a lawsuit Thursday against the boat’s manufacturer, the captain and the foundation that sponsored the event. The lawsuit contends that the boatbuilder, MacGregor Yacht Corp., should have posted warnings limiting the number…more

Government accuses Bass Pro of discrimination

Bass Pro Outdoor World rejected thousands of qualified black and Hispanic job applicants and retaliated against employees who believed its practices were discriminatory, the federal government alleges in a suit filed Wednesday in Houston. The suit stems from a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a white manager at the Bass Pro Outdoor World…more

Family will sue marina in electrocution death

The family of a teenager who was electrocuted while swimming at Clinch Park Marina in Traverse City, Mich., was expected to announce a lawsuit this morning against the city-owned marina. Lawyers Geoffery Fieger and Dean Robb were set to announce the filing of a $50 million lawsuit at a morning press conference. Michael Knudsen, 18,…more

Former marine executive gets five years in prison

Mark Steven Phillips, 62, the former corporate director of Striker Aluminum Yachts, was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday by the federal judge who presided over his drug-smuggling trial more than three decades ago. Phillips was an executive with the Fort Lauderdale boat company, his family business, when he met with gang members…more

Canadians charged in boat-buying scam

Two Montreal men are charged in an attempt to buy boats in a “black money” scam in Calgary, Alberta. Gordon van Gunst of Glenmore Sailboats became suspicious last month when two customers who said they were political refugees from Sierra Leone wanted to pay cash for four $20,000 sailboats, the Calgary Herald reported. The cash,…more

Former boat dealer sentenced in fraud case

A former Wisconsin boat dealer who spent years on the run in Brazil was sentenced this week to five years in prison in connection with fraud schemes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Leonard Kolschowsky, 68, pleaded guilty March 21, acknowledging he was responsible for nearly $1 million in losses related to a false loan…more

Five plead guilty in Arizona boat-loan fraud

Five defendants pleaded guilty in federal court this week to defrauding banks of $5.4 million in a conspiracy involving the Surfside Boat Center, a high-end boat dealership in Mesa, Ariz., that is now defunct. The defendants are David Orville Allen, 57, now residing in Texas; David’s brother, Jeffrey Allen, 56, of Mesa; David’s sons, David…more

Virginia man pleads guilty in boat-sale fraud case

A man faces up to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to 33 charges related to selling boats at Smith Mountain Lake, Va. John Alan Arthur, 33, entered an Alford plea in Franklin County Circuit Court to three felony and 30 misdemeanor charges stemming from transactions at a marina near Bridgewater Plaza between August…more

Conviction upheld in slaying of Florida boatbuilder

A Florida judge Tuesday refused to overturn the conviction of powerboat racer Benjamin Kramer, who was charged with ordering the 1987 assassination of powerboat builder Don Aronow. Kramer pleaded no contest to manslaughter in 1996 and agreed to a 19-year sentence to run concurrent to a life federal prison term for marijuana smuggling, the Miami…more

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