Lawsuits

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

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

Harbormaster audit sought in moorings probe

Dozens of long-missing mooring blocks have landed the harbormaster’s office in Provincetown, Mass., at the center of a police probe and probably will result in an independent audit of its books. On Monday, town manager Sharon Lynn will recommend to the Board of Selectmen that the town undertake an independent audit of Harbormaster Rex McKinsey’s…more

California fisherman fined for illegal crabbing

A California commercial fisherman was ordered to pay $12,500 in fines for illegally catching crabs in a marine reserve off the San Mateo County coast, the district attorney’s office said Wednesday. Mark Russo, owner of the fishing boat Freeland, allegedly violated the California Marine Life Protection Act by setting crab traps in the Montara State…more

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

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