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Family of Starbound Victim Files Second Lawsuit

Family Of Starbound Victim Files Second Lawsuit, This One In U.S. With the ship suspected in the sinking berthed in Canada, the Sanfilippos argue the case belongs in a New England court. By Bart Jansen Portland Press Herald WASHINGTON – Relatives of a Maine fisherman killed in the sinking of the Starbound filed a second … Continue reading Family of Starbound Victim Files Second Lawsuit

Fisherman’s Widow Files $6 Million Suit

Fisherman‘s Widow Files $6M Suit By Boston Herald Staff Boston Herald The widow of a Maine fisherman killed when the Russian tanker Virgo allegedly struck his boat off Cape Ann sued the ship’s owner for $6 million in federal court in Boston yesterday. Aimee L. Sanfilippo, whose husband James Sanfilippo died Aug. 5 along with … Continue reading Fisherman’s Widow Files $6 Million Suit

Federal Suit Filed Against Suspect Tanker Owners

Federal Suit Filed Against Suspect Tanker’s Owner, Operator Starbound Widow’s US Case Follows Action In Canada By Brian MacQuarrie The Boston Globe The widow of a Maine fisherman who died in the Aug. 5 sinking of the trawler Starbound filed suit yesterday in US District Court in Boston against the owner and operator of the … Continue reading Federal Suit Filed Against Suspect Tanker Owners

Maine Fisherman’s Widow Files Suit Against Tanker

Maine Fisherman’s Widow Files Suit Against Tanker By Dave Wedge Boston Herald The widow of one of three New England fishermen drowned when a Russian vessel allegedly plowed into and sank their trawler lodged a $6 million wrongful death lawsuit in a Canadian court yesterday. Aimee Lynne Sanfilippo, widow of James Sanfilippo, filed suit in … Continue reading Maine Fisherman’s Widow Files Suit Against Tanker

Hit and Run Ship Sought

The Coast Guard Searches For The Large Ship That Collided With A Maine Fishing Boat, Sinking It And Apparently Killing Three Men. By David Hench Portland Press Herald CHRONOLOGY Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, James Sanfilippo, a crewman aboard the fishing boat Starbound, reportedly notices a large ship heading toward the much smaller vessel. He … Continue reading Hit and Run Ship Sought

Seaman Gets $2.5 Million Jones Act Verdict

Seaman Gets $2.5M Jones Act Verdict By Paul D. Boynton Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly May 28, 2001 An ship engineer who suffered debilitating leg injuries on board a vessel recently obtained a $2.5 million jury verdict under the federal Jones Act, according to his attorney, Carolyn Latti of Boston. The Jones Act lets ship employees injured … Continue reading Seaman Gets $2.5 Million Jones Act Verdict

Mariner Awarded $2.8 Million in Suit

Mariner Awarded $2.8 Million In Suit By John Doherty The Standard-Times May 19, 2001 WAREHAM – A Wareham mariner has won a $2.8 million award from an Exxon subsidiary after a federal jury ruled yesterday the company was negligent in an accident that broke the sailor’s leg. Carlos Castro had worked 24 years for Seariver … Continue reading Mariner Awarded $2.8 Million in Suit

Maritime Attorney Wins Million Dollar Verdicts

By Nancy Drucker The Standard-Times 1985 NEW BEDFORD – He is a tough, aggressive lawyer who recently won a $1.7 million award from Hathaway Machinery. The result: The 75-year-old New Bedford company has filed for bankruptcy. Twenty years ago, that same lawyer was just as aggressive.  A company that insured 100 New Bedford fishing boats … Continue reading Maritime Attorney Wins Million Dollar Verdicts

Salvaged Families Fear Owner Will Put it Back to Sea

By Staff The Standard-Times NEW BEDFORD – Now that the Cape Fear has been raised from the ocean floor, the families of two crewmen who died when the ocean quahogger went down in January fear the vessel will be sent back to sea. The families of Steven Reeves and Paul Martin, the two crewmen who … Continue reading Salvaged Families Fear Owner Will Put it Back to Sea

Signs of Wreck Stir Pain and Anguish

Signs Of Wreck Stir Pain, Anguish By Jack Sullivan Boston Globe Nearly one year after the fishing boat Atlantis and its five crew members were swallowed by the sea without a trace, a Boston based marine lawyer says he has found the ill-fated trawler lying on the ocean floor, 300 feet below the surface and … Continue reading Signs of Wreck Stir Pain and Anguish

Seaman’s Minor Injury Results in Big Time Award

Compensation Made For ‘Anguish’ Of Lost Career By Eric T. Berkman Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly February 16, 1998 Loss of limb. Permanent paralysis. Brain damage. Death. Those are the images generally conjured up by news of a multi-million-dollar verdict. But mental anguish? That may not be the kind of thing typically associated with a huge recovery. … Continue reading Seaman’s Minor Injury Results in Big Time Award

Jury Awards Maine Tanker Captain $2 Million

Jury Awards Maine Tanker Captain $2M By Patricia Nealon The Boston Globe February 22, 1997 A former oil tanker captain from Maine has won a $2 million verdict against the owner of a tanker for a shoulder injury that will prevent him from ever captaining a ship again. Eric Wilson, 36, of Falmouth, Maine, was … Continue reading Jury Awards Maine Tanker Captain $2 Million

Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit

Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit, Jury Awards Steamship Authority Employee More Than $700,000 for Injuries By Julia St. George Cape Cod Times November 8, 1996 BOSTON – A Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority employee injured on the job two years ago was awarded more than $700,000 by … Continue reading Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit

Pilot Enters Apology as Part of Settlement

John G. ‘Sean’ Rafter Admits He Should Have Landed His AirMed Helicopter Before It Ran Out Of Fuel And Crashed In Casco Bay, Killing Three. By Jason Wolfe Portland Press Herald January 30, 1996 The pilot of a rescue helicopter that crashed into Casco Bay more than two years ago admitted Monday that his mistakes … Continue reading Pilot Enters Apology as Part of Settlement

Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Settled

Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Settled By Staff The Boston Globe January 30, 1996 PORTLAND, Maine – The family of a burn victim who was killed in the crash of an air ambulance in Casco Bay more than two years ago reached a settlement with the pilot yesterday. The settlement was announced as jury selection was about … Continue reading Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Settled

Discovery of Fishing Boat Atlantis Wreckage Draws Mixed Response

By Natalie White The Standard-Times NEW BEDFORD – The day before the Atlantis was due in port, Fatima Barros was plagued by apprehension and a sick feeling in her stomach. She had a nightmare and worried it was a negative omen about her parents in Cape Verde or her husband John, who was a cook … Continue reading Discovery of Fishing Boat Atlantis Wreckage Draws Mixed Response

Suit Seeks $4.5 Million From Owners of Missing New Bedford Boat

By Jack Sullivan Boston Globe A $4.5 million lawsuit, the first of several expected legal actions, was filed in federal court yesterday against the owners of the missing New Bedford fishing vessel Atlantis. The complaint charges the owners of the boat with negligence and claims the boat was not seaworthy. The complaint was filed on … Continue reading Suit Seeks $4.5 Million From Owners of Missing New Bedford Boat

City Man Awarded $1.5 Million in Suit

City Man Awarded $1.5 Million in Suit City Man Awarded $1.5 Million In Suit By Melissa Bane Gloucester Daily Times October 13, 1992 A Gloucester man was awarded nearly $1.5 million last week in a personal injury case stemming from a 1989 accident on the job in Newington, NH. The verdict which awarded $1,426,000 to … Continue reading City Man Awarded $1.5 Million in Suit

Fisherman Wins Lawsuit for $3 Million

By Stephen Betts The Courier Gazette October 5, 1991 OWLS HEAD – A fisherman who was left partially paralyzed in an accident aboard a fishing vessel two years ago will receive the largest maritime settlement in Maine history, his attorney said Friday. The $3.1 million settlement in the lawsuit brought by 31-year-old Donald Williams came … Continue reading Fisherman Wins Lawsuit for $3 Million

Owls Head Seaman Awarded $3.1 Million for Fishing Injuries

By Jeanne Curran Bangor Daily News A seaman from Owls Head who was seriously injured almost two years ago while fishing in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland has been awarded $3.1 million in damages from the owner of the fishing vessel on which he was sailing. Donald A. Williams II, 33, and his family were … Continue reading Owls Head Seaman Awarded $3.1 Million for Fishing Injuries

Gun Maker Ordered to Pay $1.9 Million

By Donna Halvorsen Portland Press Herald U.S. District Court jury awarded nearly $1.9 million Tuesday to a Sanford man who was struck in the neck five years ago when a hunting companion’s Smith and Wesson revolver went off accidentally. “Happy, very happy” was the reaction of Richard Stacey Jr., 26, who was paralyzed as a … Continue reading Gun Maker Ordered to Pay $1.9 Million

$1.25 Million Awarded in Weather Suit

$1.25 Million Awarded in Weather Suit By Joanne Ball The Boston Globe August 13, 1985 US District Court judge yesterday ordered the federal government to pay $1.25 million to the families of three lobstermen who died during a 1980 hurricane off Georges Bank which the government’s weather equipment failed to predict. Judge Joseph Tauro’s award … Continue reading $1.25 Million Awarded in Weather Suit

Fisherman Hurt by Winch Awarded $1.7 Million

By Nancy Drucker The Standard-Times August 9, 1985 A federal judge in Boston awarded nearly $1.7 million Thursday to a Somerville fisherman and his family for injuries caused at sea by a 47-year-old winch made by the Hathaway Machinery Co. in Fairhaven. Boston attorney Michael B. Latti, who represents Domenic Tringali, believes this case is … Continue reading Fisherman Hurt by Winch Awarded $1.7 Million

U.S. Weather Agency Held Liable in Storm Deaths

U.S. Weather Agency Held Liable In Storm Deaths By The Associated Press The New York Times December 22, 1984 BOSTON, Dec. 21 – A Federal district judge ruled today that the National Weather Service’s parent agency was liable for the death of three lobstermen lost at sea after forecasters failed to predict a storm 150 … Continue reading U.S. Weather Agency Held Liable in Storm Deaths

Captain’s Forgery After Sea Tragedy Ends in Payment

Captain’s Forgery After Sea Tragedy Ends in Payment Captain’s Forgery After Sea Tragedy Ends In Payment By Tim Sullivan Gloucester Daily Times November 29, 1977 A tiny, easily-overlooked alteration in a ship’s log has led to a court award of $2.75 million, the largest sum ever paid for injuries and damages in a marine law … Continue reading Captain’s Forgery After Sea Tragedy Ends in Payment

Tanker Firm Sued for $60 Million

By William F. Doherty The Boston Globe December 21, 1976 A class action suit was filed by a group of Cape Cod fishermen in US District Court in Boston Saturday seeking $60 million in damages for alleged permanent damage to fishing areas caused by oil leaking from the tanker Argo Merchant grounded off Nantucket. The … Continue reading Tanker Firm Sued for $60 Million

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