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MMWR News and Events

OW'S U.S. Arms in Talks to Forge 'Consensual' Bankruptcy Plan
OW Bunker's U.S. units and key creditors are seeking to work out a "consensual" bankruptcy plan as part of a court-ordered mediation in Connecticut. The firm's Maritime and Bankruptcy groups are representing OW Bunker. Read more in TradeWinds.

10th Annual International Maritime Law Seminar
The  International Maritime Law Seminar, co-founded by partner
Vince DeOrchis, is taking place for the 10th consecutive year October 1 in London.  With an average attendance of more than 250 insurance and maritime law professionals, the seminar has grown from a small event to one of the most anticipated legal seminars in London.  The half day seminar, "Recent Developments in Maritime Law: A Multi-Jurisdictional Perspective" will feature 15 speakers from 14 different countries, addressing recent developments in maritime law within their respective jurisdictions.

MMWR Partners Recognized by Chambers USA

The firm is pleased to announce that partners Tim Bergère and Vince DeOrchis have been ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Environmental Law and Maritime and Transportation, respectively. For nearly 25 years, Chambers and Partners has published the world's leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. The company has more than 140 full-time researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide, which establish the Chambers USA rankings. The qualities on which the rankings are assessed include firmwide strengths, areas of expertise, and reputation in the legal market.
MLA Luncheon in New York
The firm recently hosted a luncheon in its New York office in conjunction with the Maritime Law Association's Spring 2015 Meetings , which took place April 29 - May 1. 
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Summer 2015 
Judge Says Terminal Not Liable for Hurricane Sandy-Soaked Sweaters
Partner  Vince DeOrchis with assistance by associate  Kaspar Kielland  and legal clerk  Matteo Bonuzzi , obtained a favorable judgment in the  Southern District of New York on behalf of Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd. against claims from Lord & Taylor LLC related to damages incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  As a result of flooding at the New York Container Terminal, 211 cartons containing Lord & Taylor's clothing items were ruined by water damage. While Hurricane Sandy was figuratively an Act of God, the court had to determine whether it was legally an Act of God and the judge found that it was and absolved Zim from liability for the loss.  Read more about the case in   American Shipper Hellenic Shipping News WorldwideNew York Law Journal and Courthouse News.
By Matteo Bonuzzi

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently considered the limits of discovery pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 in aid of a foreign proceeding on obtaining security. View Full Article

A recent United States district court decision on a motion to dismiss explored whether tort claims based on mitigation of damage to "other property" was sufficient to overcome the Economic Loss Rule - which, under U.S. law, is the Rule that damages for economic loss are not recoverable in tort when unaccompanied by physical damage to property or personal injury.  View Full Article

In a significant settlement announced by the Hawaii Attorney General's Office, Matson Navigation Company has agreed to pay the state $15.4 million for a September 2013 spill of molasses into Honolulu Harbor. Under terms of the settlement, Matson will pay through a combination of cash, restoration and other environmental programs. View Full Article

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit considered whether a supplier of necessaries had a valid maritime lien despite a "no lien" clause and stamp.  View Full Article
A U.S. District Court considered whether photographs taken as part of a U.S. Coast Guard investigation were admissible.  View Full Article

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently considered whether honest reliance on legal counsel versus immediately releasing a vessel and implied knowledge of the actual identity of the vessel owner constitute grounds for wrongful arrest. View Full Article

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