Lawsuits

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

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

Missouri boater wins sales-tax dispute

The Missouri Supreme Court recently sided with a boater who bought a vessel in Maryland and argued that he should not be subject to local sales tax on an out-of-state boat purchase. Missouri resident Craig Street went to Maryland to buy a Tracker Tundra he found on the Internet and was charged $191.19 in local…more

Former Hawaii boating official charged with embezzlement

A former high-ranking official in Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources is facing four felony charges, accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from state boating funds over a nearly two-year period. The theft and forgery charges filed Monday come nearly a year after the state Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into the employee. Wesley…more

Tennessee threatens suit against hobbyist boatbuilder

The Tennessee Department of Revenue is threatening court action against a Murfreesboro man who built a small wooden boat in his garage with his 7-year-old son. The state said that makes him a boat dealer and subject to paying extra taxes, WSMV.com reported. The boat is 14 feet long and made of wood. The family…more

State sues Florida marina over wastewater treatment

Florida environmental officials are suing a Monroe County marina and seeking tens of thousands of dollars in fines over permitting and paperwork issues related to a wastewater treatment facility. Cross Key Marina, a 20-slip private marina on the northern tip of mainland Monroe County in Manatee Bay, has failed to legally operate its 5,000-gallon wastewater…more

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

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