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Representative Cases

     2019

                 In re Complaint of William Lee, No. 18-5946 (W.D. Wash.).  Defended vessel owner in Limitation of Liability action regarding passenger death from vessel capsizing.

                 Steadfast Insurance Co. v. HDB Marine and Busby Int'l, No. TD-2017-137 (Spokane Tribal Ct.).  Defended motion to amend Complaint re action to recover for alleged dock damage re design of floating marina dock.

     2018

                 Sabow v. American Seafoods, 737 Fed. Appx 322 (9th Cir. 2018).  Affirmance of Order granting maintenance rate increase, but reversal of Order disallowing set off for advance on maintenance.

                 Ardent Maritime v. Ice Floe, Arbitration.  Obtained Orders enforcing clause in contract precluding consequential damages claim re grounding during launch of newly constructed ship.

     2017

                 Leavelle v. American Seafoods, No. 16-2-16385-8-SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Jury verdict following two week trial in favor of defendant vessel owner dismissing seaman's Jones Act neglience and unseaworthiness claims.

 

                 Sabow v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No. 16-2-13976-1-SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Order disallowing contact by defense counsel with treating physician to schedule deposition.

                 K&N Industrial Equipment v. AGCS Marine Insurance Co., No. 01-15-0003-4534, AAA Arbitration.  Prosecuted claim for negligent repair of crane at dam.

    2016

                  Poseukov v. American Seafoods v. Foss Maritime, Slip Op., No 14-2-26649-1 SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Order denying motion to dismiss third party complaint for contribution and indemnity re prior injury.

                  Doucoure v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No 14-2-12188-1 SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Judgment dismissing seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims at trial.

                  Gray v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No. 14-2-13467-3-SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Order granting sanctions against plaintiff's counsel for discovery violation re expert disclosures.

                  Kamara v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No. 15-2-17178-0-SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Order limiting discovery and denying additional experts due to lack of diligence of plaintiff's counsel.

                  Sabow v. American Seafoods, 188 F.Supp.3d 1036 (W.D. Wash. 2016).  Order dismissing vessel owner's counterclaim re Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness and granting motion to increase maintenance rate.

                  K&N Industrial Equipment v. AGCS Marine Insurance Co., Slip Op., No 2015-02-03025 (Spokane County Sup. Ct.). Obtained Order denying motion to avoid referral of construction claims re dam crane to arbitration.

                   Schweiger v. Beamer's Landing, Inc., No 15-250 (E.D. Wash.) Defended vessel owner against Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims for injury re operation of jet boat on Snake River.

    2015

                  Doucoure v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No 14-2-12188-1 SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Obtaining Order granting dismissal of maintenance & cure claim.

                  In re Complaint of David Peterson, et al., No. 12-1829 (W.D. Wash.).  Defended vessel owners in consolidated Limitation of Liability actions involving deaths and property damage from Bellingham Marina fire.

    2014

 

                  American Seafoods Company  v.  Naufahu2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56023 (W.D. Wash. 2014).  Obtained Order granting vessel owner's willful concealment defense to seaman's claim for maintenance & cure.

 

                  Char v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No. 13-2-07342-1 SEA (King County Sup. Ct).  Obtained Order dismissing seaman's personal injury claims for negligence, unseaworthiness, and maintenance & cure.

 

                  Cham v. American Seafoods, Slip Ops., No. 12-2-29497-6 SEA (King County Sup.Ct). 

                   -   Obtained Order compelling neuropsychological evaluation of plaintiff seaman (2/27/14)

                   -   Obtained Order awarding sanctions for plaintiff's failure to attend deposition (3/20/14)

                   -   Obtained Orders for failure to provide discovery (6/13/14) and awarding sanctions (6/27/14)

 

     2013

 

                  Common v. Cruise Terminals of America, No. 12-2-03061-8 SEA (King County Sup. Ct). Pursued motion for summary judgment re trip and fall in parking lot.

 

                  White v. U.S. and Pacific Ship Repair, No. 11-5536 (W.D. Wash.). Motion for summary judgment re discretionary functon defense. 

 

     2012    

 

                  Delta Western v. K-Sea Transportation, No. 10-441 (W.D. Wash.).  Order denying summary judgment motion re contractual indemnity claim for contamination of petroleum cargo aboard barge.

 

     2011    

 

                  Oswalt v. Resolute Industries, 2011 U.S. Dist.Lexis 89513 (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order against appellate surety requiring payment of judgment and awarding attorney fees for failure to comply with court order.

 

                  King v. American Seafoods, 2011 U.S. App. Lexis 10075 (9th Cir. 2011).  Obtained affirmance of district court's dismissal of case for failure to comply with discovery and sanctions award.

 

                  Ili v. American Seafoods, (W.D. Wash).  Defended seaman's injury case in jury trial.

 

                  Oswalt v. Resolute Industries, 642 F.3d 856 (9th Cir. 2011).

Obtained affirmance of judgment re boat fire.

 

                  American Seafoods v. Sweeney, Slip Op., No. C08-1434 (W.D. Wash 1/20/11).  Obtained summary judgment re seaman's maintenance & cure.

 

     2010    

 

                  Oswalt v. Resolute, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22218 (W.D. Wash. 2010).   Obtained judgment at trial against marine repairer re boat fire.

 

                  Hurtado v. M/V NORTHERN HAWK, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10569 (W.D. Wash. 2010).   Obtained summary judgment dismissing seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims.

 

                  Sanchez v. American Seafoods, Slip Ops., No. 09-2-12715-8 SEA, (King County Sup. Ct.)

                    - Obtained Order compelling neurological and psychological evaluations of plaintiff seaman

                    - Obtained Order limiting scope of vessel inspection

 

                  American Seafoods v. Sweeney, Slip Op., No. C08-1434 (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order compelling out-of-state plaintiff's deposition and IME in Seattle.

 

                  Vik v. American Seafoods, Slip Op., No. 09-2-12715-8 SEA, (King Cnty Sup.Ct).  Obtained Order compelling medical examination and continuation of deposition of plaintiff seaman.

 

                  Mai v. American Seafoods (King County Sup. Ct).  Defended seaman's injury case at trial.

 

     2009    

 

                  Day v. American Seafoods, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 4292 (9th Cir. 2009).  Obtained Order granting summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, upholding one trip employment contract in fishing industry.

 

                  Vik v. American Seafoods, No. 09-2-12715-8 SEA, (King County Sup. Ct.).  Obtained Order denying seaman's motion to increase maintenance rate. 

 

                   Ili v. American Seafoods, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89638 (W.D. Wash. 2009), rev'd, 357 Fed. Appx. 807 (9th Cir. 2010).  Obtained Order granting summary judgment dismissal of seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims.

 

     2007 

  

                    Kim v. Michael Priebe, M.D., (Pierce County Sup. Ct).  Obtained jury verdict after three week trial in medical malpractice case re failure to diagnose abdominal cancer.

 

                   Bryant v. American Seafoods, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81593 (W.D. Wash. 2007)  Obtained Order granting motion to bifurcate seaman's injury claims.

 

     2006    

 

                  Belaye v. American Seafoods, Slip Op. (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order precluding use of parol evidence to challenge one trip employment contract.

 

                  Johnson v. Ocean Ships, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52281 (W.D. Wash. 2006).  Obtained Order awarding attorney fees against responsible third party re defending vessel owner against seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claim.

 

     2005    

 

                  Alshazli v. American Seafoods, 2005 U.S. Dist LEXIS 38860 (W.D. Wash. 2005).  Defended vessel owner against seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims at trial seeking in excess of $1 million.  $70,000 award.

 

                   Francis v. Maersk Line Ltd., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26657, (W.D. Wash. 2005).  Represented seaman in sole civilian case involving adverse reaction to anthrax and smallpox vaccinations aboard military ship.  $2.1 million settlement.

 

                   Pacific Reliance v. VRD, Slip Op. (King County Sup. Ct).  Obtained Order dismissing maritime fraud action re vessel sale.

 

     2003    

                   Lattish v. Ocean Ships, Slip. Op. (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order dismissing seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims.

 

     2002

 

                   NTDI v. M/V OBOD  (D Hawaii). Represented mortgagee at trial and on appeal in ship arrest action and recovered $2 million lien claim.  Defended seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims at trial and obtained ruling limiting general damages recovery based on law of Montenegro.

 

     2001    

 

                  Harper v. U.S. Seafoods, 278 F.3d 971 (9th Cir. 2002).  Defended vessel owner on interlocutory appeal from seaman's class action wage claim.

 

                   MOAC v. Hanjin Shipping Co., (W.D. Wash.) Defended shipping company at trial in cargo damage action.

 

     2000    

 

                   Fulop v. OCEAN HOPE 1, 243 F.3d 547 (9th Cir. 2000).  Obtained affirmance of trial court decision re seaman's claims for Jones Act negligence, found, and costs.

 

     1999    

 

                   Dedolph v. PacAtlantic Fisheries, 2001 AMC 286 (W.D. Wash. 1999).  Obtained Order granting dismissal of lien claimant to avoid imposition of costs in ship arrest case.

 

     1998    

 

                   Fulop v. U.S. Marine, (W.D. Wash.).  Defended vessel owner in seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims at trial seeking $2.5 million for alleged brain damage.  $39,000 award.

 

                   Suh Ryung v. Green Bay Packaging, (W.D. Wash.).  Prosecuted cargo claims at three week jury trial for damage to shipments of paper rolls and recovered $250,000 award.

 

     1997    

 

                  Vitcovich v. OCEAN ROVER, 106 F.3d 411 (9th Cir. 1997).  Obtained affirmance of Order dismissing seaman's maintenance & cure claim and $20,000 award against seaman for fraud.

 

     1996    

 

                  Ferrelli  v. Emerald Resource Management, Inc., Slip Op. (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order dismissing seaman's claims for wrongful termination and disability discrimination. 

 

                  Gebramichael v. Ocean Peace, Inc., (W.D. Wash.).  Defended vessel owner at trial of seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims re crushed foot.  $11,000 award.

 

     1995  

 

                   In re Deleas Shipping Ltd., 1996 AMC 434 (W.D. Wash.).  Defended cargo and salvage claims totaling $20 plus million arising from container ship fire.

 

                   Valavala v. Ocean Peace, Inc., (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order dismissing seaman's maintenance & cure claim due to fraud.

 

     1994 

 

                   Mitsui Marine v. Evergreen Marine Corp., Slip Op. (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained Order re package limitation in cargo case.

 

                   Kennecott  Copper Corp. v. M/V CHALOTHORN NAREE, (SMA arbitration).  Obtained Order dismissing claims against shipowner in charterparty dispute re refusal to load bulk cargo due to moisture content. 

 

                   Pomer v. Kloster Cruise, 1995 AMC 46 (W.D. Wash. 1994).  Obtained Order dismissing passenger injury claim based on forum selection clause.

 

                   Stever v. Poseidon, Inc., Slip. Op. (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained defense judgment at trial re seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims.

 

     1993  

 

                   Prosser v. Crystal Star, Inc., 1994 AMC 859 (W.D. Wash. 1993).  Defended vessel owner at trial of seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims seeking $1.2 million.  $27,000 award.

 

     1992  

 

                  Atlantic Mutual v. OOCL, 1992 AMC 2022 (W.D. Wash. 1992).  Obtained summary judgment denying time bar defense in contract dispute between rail carrier and ocean carrier.

 

                  Griffin v. SEALIFT ANTARCTIC, (W.D. Wash.).  Obtained defense judgment at trial in seaman's Jones Act negligence and unseaworthiness claims.

 

     1990   

 

                   Ludwig v. Pan Ocean Shipping, 941 F.2d 849 (9th Cir. 1991).  Defended LHWCA action at trial and drafted brief on appeal re turnover duty.