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Brian Newton v. Parker Drilling Management Services, Ltd. Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

This case presents the novel question whether claims
under state wage and hour laws may be brought by workers
employed on drilling platforms fixed on the outer Continental
Shelf. Brian Newton worked on such a platform off the coast
of Santa Barbara. His shifts lasted fourteen days and he
regularly worked twelve hours per day. After Parker Drilling
(“Parker”) terminated him,... More...
   $0 (02-10-2018 - CA)

Captain Manjit Sangha v. Navig8 Shipmanagement Private Limited Southern District of Texas Courthouse - Houston, Texas

Plaintiff-Appellant Captain Manjit Sangha (“Cpt. Sangha”) challenges both the district court’s grant of Defendant-Appellee Navig8 Ship Management Private Limited’s (“Navig8”) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for forum non conveniens, and the denial of his motion to remand. We conclude that the district court did not err in dismissing Cpt. Sangha’s claims and therefore AFFIRM... More...   $0 (02-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. $579,475 in U.S. Currency and LNG Express, Inc. Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

LNG Express, Inc. (LNG) appeals the district court’s1 order striking its verified
claim in this civil forfeiture proceeding. We conclude that LNG’s verified claim is
materially indistinguishable from the claim a panel of our court found inadequate in
United States v. $154,853.00 in U.S. Currency, 744 F.3d 559 (8th Cir. 2014). We
therefore affirm.
In September 2014, an Arkansas ... More...
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In this maritime personal injury case, plaintiff/appellant, Jordy Rousse
(“Rousse”), appeals the district court’s April 19, 2017 judgment granting the
motion for partial summary judgment filed by defendant/appellee, United Tugs,
Inc. (“United”), and dismissing Rousse’s claims for maintenance and cure. For the
reasons that follow, we convert the appeal to an application for supe... More...
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James L. Joyce v. Maersk Line, Ltd. District of New Jersey Federal Courthouses

Today we stop swimming against the tide of opinion on an important question of maritime law. Following the lead of several of our sister circuits, we now hold that a union contract freely entered by a seafarer – a contract that includes rates of maintenance, cure, and unearned wages – will not be reviewed piecemeal by courts unless there is evidence of
unfairness in the collective bargai... More...
   $0 (12-13-2017 - NJ)

DAVID SCHERMERHORN, ET AL. v. STATE OF ISRAEL, ET AL. An image taken from the Free Gaza Movement

On May 29, 2010, Plaintiffs—three United States citizens and one foreign national—set sail aboard
the U.S.-flagged ship Challenger I as part of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla.” Compl. ¶ 31. The Flotilla’s stated aim was to “draw international public attention to the situation in the Gaza Strip and the effect of the [Israeli] blockade.” Id. ¶ 24. According to Plaintiffs, when the Challenge... More...
   $0 (12-04-2017 - DC)

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Suquamish Indian Tribe Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

In this treaty fishing rights case, the Upper Skagit Indian
Tribe (“the Upper Skagit”) filed a Request for Determination
as to the geographic scope of the Suquamish Indian Tribe’s
(“the Suquamish”) usual and accustomed fishing grounds and
stations (“U&A”) as determined by Judge Boldt in 1975.
Specifically, the Upper Skagit sought a determination that the
Suquamish’s U&A det... More...
   $0 (09-29-2017 - WA)

In re: 650 Fifth Avenue and Related Properties

New York, NY - Manhattan Skycraper Owned In Part By Iran Can Be Seized

The United States and others sought a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that property located at 650 Fifth Avenue was illegally owned and/or controlled the Iranian government and is subject to being seized.

18 U.S.C. §981. Civil forfeiture

(a)(1) The f... More...
   $0 (06-30-2017 - NY)

Michael Mcpherson v. Fishing Company Of Alaska Washington Supreme Court - Olympia, Washington

Michael McPherson appeals the trial court's summary
judgment dismissal of his lawsuit against his former employer, Fishing Company
of Alaska. McPherson claims that the "period of effectiveness" term in his
employment contract prohibited Fishing Company from firing him without cause
during that period. Because McPherson's contract contained an at-will
employment provision and th... More...
   $0 (05-30-2017 - WA)

Ricky Koch v. United States of America

Plaintiff Ricky Koch fell and suffered personal injuries while aboard the
S.S. Altair, a public vessel owned by the United States and operated by its
agents. Koch, a 54 year-old foreman and employee of Economy Iron Works,
was inspecting the vessel in connection with his employer’s bidding on repair
work on the vessel. Koch and his wife, Susan Koch, brought this action in
federa... More...
   $0 (05-17-2017 - LA)

Allan A. Tabingo v. American Triumph, LLC and American Seafoods Company, LLC

Allan Tabingo was seriously injured while working aboard a
fishing trawler owned and operated by American Seafoods Company LLC and
American Triumph LLC (collectively American Seafoods). Tabingo alleges the lever
used to operate a hatch in the trawler's deck broke when an operator tried to stop the
hatch from closing. The hatch closed on Tabingo' s hand, leading to the amputation of... More...
   $0 (03-09-2017 - WA)

Alan A. Tabingo v. American Triumph, LLC and American Seafoods Company

Allan Tabingo was seriously injured while working aboard a
fishing trawler owned and operated by American Seafoods Company LLC and
American Triumph LLC (collectively American Seafoods). Tabingo alleges the lever
used to operate a hatch in the trawler's deck broke when an operator tried to stop the
hatch from closing. The hatch closed on Tabingo' s hand, leading to the amputation of... More...
   $0 (03-09-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Deric Lostutter

Lexington, KY - Winchester Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Illegally Hacking Into Website And Lying To Federal Agents

A Winchester, Ky., man, who previously admitted to hacking and taking control of a high school sports website, to gain publicity for his online identity and harass and intimidate the website owner and others, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

U.S. ... More...
   $0 (03-08-2017 - KY)


In 2011, state authorities successfully prosecuted and incarcerated Chilinski for
cruelty to animals. Crucial to that prosecution was the Jefferson County Sheriff’s search
of Chilinski’s four parcels of property, including his residence, for evidence relating to
his inhumane treatment of dogs. That search, conducted pursuant to a warrant, revealed
not only an unlawful and cr... More...
   $0 (11-09-2016 - MT)

United States ex rel. O’Donnell v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc

This case arises in the context of the post-financial-crisis restructuring of the Full Spectrum Lending Division (“FSL”) of Countrywide Home Loans. Prior to the events at issue in this case, FSL had been the subprime lending division of Countrywide; after the collapse of the subprime market in 2007, Countrywide undertook a transformation of FSL into a prime origination division with the goal of se... More...   $0 (05-30-2016 - )

Mainstay Fisheries, Inc., et al. v. Northern Waterfront Associates, L.P., et al. v. Kane and Kane, Inc., et al.

The following facts are undisputed by the parties. Plaintiff Mainstay Fisheries, Inc.
(Mainstay) is a Rhode Island corporation, which at all times material hereto, had a principal
place of business in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Plaintiff Richard F. Mudd, Sr. is a resident of
Tiverton, Rhode Island and was the sole shareholder and officer of Mainstay. He was the
Captain of the... More...
   $0 (03-07-2016 - RI)

Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft v. U.S. Oil Trading LLC

This action presents, as the District Court aptly put it,  “interesting  and  apparently  novel  questions  regarding  the  interplay among the United States bankruptcy law, maritime law  and the federal interpleader statutes.” Hapag‐Lloyd contracted with  non‐appealing Defendant O.W. Bunker Germany GmbH (“O.W.  Germany”)  to  purchase  fuel  bunkers  for  these  three  ships,  among  ... More...   $0 (02-26-2016 - NY)

Jefferson v. Baywater Drilling, LLC

Jefferson seeks an award of attorney’s fees in the amount of $82,814.75 because of its
efforts to secure compliance from Baywater regarding its maintenance and cure obligations to
Jefferson. In support of its application, Jefferson submitted its attorneys’ billing records in which
the billing entries were in tenth of an hour increments. The billing entries also show that Hugh
... More...
   $0 (11-26-2015 - LA)

Summers v. Financial Freedom

The relevant facts are, for all intents and purposes,
undisputed. On November 4, 1977, the decedent and Charlotte T.
Albeitsam took title as joint tenants with rights of survivorship
to residential property at 11 Sundance Street, Warwick, Rhode
Island (the Property). Following Albeitsam's death, the decedent
entered into a reverse mortgage with Financial Freedom Senior <... More...
   $0 (10-28-2015 - RI)

Wilbur and Kathryn Hardy, v. State Land Board

The State Land Board and the Department of State Lands (collectively, the state) appeal a judgment of the circuit court setting aside the board’s declaration of ownership of the bed and banks of the Rogue River between river miles (RM) 68.5 and 157.51 under the process established in ORS 274.400 to 274.412. It also appeals a supplemental judgment awarding petitioners their attorney fees and costs... More...   $0 (10-19-2015 - OR)

World Wide Supply OU v. Quail Cruises Ship Management, et al

This appeal has a complicated background, involving multiple lawsuits in
federal district courts, Florida state court, and a Spanish bankruptcy court. The
common denominator of these suits is Quail Cruises Ship Management (“Quail”),
from which multiple parties, including participants in this appeal, have tried to
collect money that they believe Quail owes them.
contract w... More...
   $0 (10-12-2015 - FL)

Maher Terminals LLC v. The Port Authority of New York

Although Maher Terminals, LLC (“Maher”) challenges the rent it must pay under its lease agreement (“the Lease”) with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“the Port Authority”), this case is not a typical landlordtenant dispute. Maher, a landside marine terminal operator, asserts that the rent due under the Lease violates the U.S. Constitution’s Tonnage Clause, U.S. Const. art. I, § 10, c... More...   $0 (10-10-2015 - NJ)

World Wide Supply OU v. Quail Cruises Ship Management f/k/a Happy Cruises, S.A.

This appeal concerns an attachment of property made pursuant to Supplemental Admiralty Rule B. The money at issue arose from the legal settlement of a dispute over the purchase of a cruise ship featured on ABC Television Network’s long-running series, The Love Boat. The plaintiff below, and appellant here, has advanced a novel interpretation of Rule B. The district court was unpersuaded, as are we... More...   $0 (09-30-2015 - FL)


In December 2007, the Tribune Company (which published the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times and held many other properties) was facing a challenging business climate. Sensing an opportunity, Sam Zell, a wealthy real estate investor, orchestrated a leveraged buy-out (“LBO”), a transaction by which a purchaser (in this case, an entity controlled by Zell and, for convenience, referred to by... More...   $0 (08-23-2015 - PA)

James Johnson v. GlobalSantaFe Offshore Services, Inc.

James Johnson, a superintendent aboard a drilling rig, was shot and seriously injured by a Nigerian gunman who invaded the rig. He claims that the negligence of other rig hands caused his injury, and he seeks to hold GlobalSantaFe Offshore Services, Inc. (“GSF”) vicariously liable for the rig hands’ negligence under the general maritime law. The district court granted GSF’s motion for summary judg... More...   $0 (08-13-2015 - LA)

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