Oyster Fishery Owners Win $6.2M in Damages Under U.S. General Maritime Law

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The owners of an oyster fishery filed suit against a tugboat owner, claiming damages under Louisiana Law and the General Maritime Law of the United States. The dispute originated when the tugboat and crane barge – the captain of which was operating the vessel in waters near valuable oyster reefs and resources without navigational equipment or knowledge of his surroundings – grounded on the owners’ oyster lease. After a two-week trial, the jury rendered a verdict in the oyster fishery owners’ favor for $6.2 million in damages. Faegre Baker Daniels represents the oyster fishery owners in this matter.




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