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Washington Supreme Court Holds That Punitive Damages May Be Awarded to a Seaman Under a General Maritime Law Unseaworthiness Claim

On March 9, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming the types of damages available to a plaintiff under a general maritime unseaworthiness claim, specifically determining that punitive damages are...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Use of Special Jury Interrogatory on Whether an Accident Occurred

In defending personal injury claims, defendants frequently have to deal with jury interrogatories that infer the plaintiff actually experienced an incident that caused or contributed to his complaints, despite there being a...more

Third Circuit Affirms Private Damages Immunity Under Shipping Act for Ocean Common Carriers

Holland & Knight alerted the maritime community in November 2016 that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appeared likely to affirm the dismissal of private antitrust claims brought against roll-on, roll-off...more

The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851: Recent Court Decisions Highlight Significant Issue for Offshore Energy Industry

In 1912, a vessel owner by the name of White Star Lines invoked a little understood U.S. maritime law to limit its liability arising out of a maritime disaster. In 2010, a vessel owner by the name of Transocean invoked the...more

London Maritime Arbitration Association Held To Be A “Foreign Tribunal” Within The Meaning OF 28 U.S.C. § 1782

Kleimar N.V., the plaintiff in a London arbitration against defendant Dalian Dongzhan Group Co. Ltd. (Dailan), filed an ex parte application with the New York District Court seeking the issuance of a discovery order and...more

District Court Reviews Definition of “Gross Negligence” in Oil Pollution Act Reimbursement Action

On December 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Water Quality Insurance Syndicate v. U.S., which reversed the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center’s (NPFC) finding of gross...more

Maritime Collateral Source Rule Clarified By Fifth Circuit

In an eminently reasonable, but apparently (surprisingly) res nova decision, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has clarified that the maritime collateral source rule does not allow for recovery of medical...more

Fifth Circuit Limits Effect of Collateral Source Rule Under General Maritime Law

In DePerrodil v. Bozovic Marine, Inc., No. 16-30009, 2016 WL 6810728, at *1 (5th Cir. Nov. 17, 2016), a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently limited the effect of the collateral source...more

Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin: Discovery and Disclosure: Civil Litigation Tools for Obtaining Evidence in the United States,...

The ever-increasing cost of civil litigation was once thought to be a unique trait of the United States civil justice system. However, the expense of civil litigation is on the rise across the globe, due in no small part to...more

Does the Maritime Collateral-Source Rule Allow Recovery of Amount Billed or Paid?

The Fifth Circuit issued an opinion on November 17, 2016, in Robert Deperrodil v. Bozovic Marine, Inc., (No. 16-30009). In a case involving the injury to a passenger aboard a crew boat in high seas, the District Court was...more

Watershed Ruling in U.S. Rejects OW Bunker’s Maritime Lien Claims

In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker...more

Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd: Liquidation or a Different Path?

On September 1, 2016, a rehabilitation procedure was commenced in the Seoul Central District Court in respect of Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd (Hanjin). This action followed many months of discussions between Hanjin and its...more

OCSLA Coverage for Land Injuries Has Limits

James Baker, Jr. v. Director, OWCP; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, LLC, U.S. Fifth Circuit No. 15-60634 (August 19, 2016). In this case the Court of Appeals affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) determination that...more

Losing the right to limit: Privy Council confirms parties can contract out of the 1976 Limitation Convention

This Alert looks at the question of whether it is possible to contract out of or waive the right to limit liability under the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims and if so, what is required in order...more

OW Bunker in Singapore – where are we?

Although the Singapore courts have not, to date, been required to consider the legal issues which have recently come before the English courts in the Res Cogitans, the cases which have come before the Singapore courts...more

Collateral lies: The lie is dishonest but the claim is not

The Supreme Court rules that a collateral lie embellishing a valid claim does not amount to a fraudulent claim. Versloot Dredging BV and another (Appellants) v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others [2016] UKSC...more

Distinguishing ‘collateral lies’ from the fraudulent claims rules in insurance contracts: the lie is dishonest but the claim is...

In Versloot Dredging BV and another v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others [2016] UKSC 45, handed down, last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a “collateral lie” made during the course of an insurance claim...more

Court of Appeal rules on indefinite demurrage claims

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. v. Cottonex Anstalt - [2015] EWHC 283 (Comm) - A Court of Appeal decision handed down on 27 July 2016 of this week ruled that demurrage on detained containers, which could not...more

From the Benesch Transportation Archives: To Delivery....And Beyond!: The Boundaries of Carrier Liability for Unloading (A Clear...

Introduction: Carmack Boundaries and the Blurring of Unloading Functions - Under the Carmack Amendment, a carrier is liable for the actual loss of goods which “arrive” damaged 49 U.S.C. §4706(a)(1). But when does that...more

Supreme Court Upholds Finality of Arbitral Awards

A recent Supreme Court decision raises issues over the extent of court intervention in the arbitration process and reminds us of the importance of carefully selecting institutional rules so as to avoid (if necessary) the...more

Award issued by Permanent Court of Arbitration in South China Sea dispute

A ruling in the long-running South China Sea dispute was released by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday and has immediately become global front-page news. Initiated by the Philippines against...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Chemical Transport Dispute Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

ICC Chemical Corporation sued Nordic Tankers Trading A/S concerning a cancelled charter agreement. Per the agreement, Nordic was scheduled to have its vessel present at the port ready to be loaded with ICC’s chemical cargo....more

B.C. Court Confirms Powerful Maritime Arrest is Widely Available in Disputes Involving Maritime Assets

In Avina v. Sea Senor (Ship), the British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) upheld the arrest of the ship, Sea Senor (Vessel), in a dispute between the two shareholders of the company that owns the Vessel. The defendant applied...more

SCMA Rules 3rd Edition - A commentary on the recent amendments

Late last year the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (“SCMA”) published the third edition of its arbitration rules (“Rules”). The latest changes continue to build upon the earlier amendments made in May 2009. The...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Carrier’s “Extended” Maritime Possessory Liens

Summary of Holding - In a recent opinion, in a case of first impression at the circuit level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that maritime carriers and their customers may contractually extend the...more

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