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Shipping company to pay $2.4 million criminal fine for falsifying records
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 4 2011

A federal court in Maryland has reportedly sentenced a Liberian-registered shipping company to pay a $2.4 million criminal fine after it entered a guilty plea to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships


Industry groups challenge EPA’s Clean Air Act E-15 waiver
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 4 2011

Several industry groups have challenged EPA's grant of a waiver allowing gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be used in model year 2001- 2006 cars and light trucks


Hawaiian dry dock owner to pay $710,000 to resolve Clean Water Act claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice has lodged a proposed consent decree to resolve allegations that a Hawaiian ship repair facility and dry dock operator


Federal court finds punitive damages available to seamen filing unseaworthiness claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2014

Addressing an issue of first impression, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in Pennsylvania has held that a number of seamen who brought


Second Circuit absolves ship classifier from liability for environmental damage from sunken tanker
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2012

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an American ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), was not liable to Spain for environmental damages that occurred when a tanker it had certified sank off the coast of Spain


Federal court rejects truck class action because defendant actually has right to defend
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 28 2012

A federal court recently rejected plaintiffs' class certification bid in a suit against Ford Motor Co. relating to diesel engines in some vehicles. Corder v. Ford Motor Co


D.C. Circuit nixes challenges to E15 waiver; plaintiffs lacked standing
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 24 2012

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed for lack of standing challenges by three trade associations to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waiver that allows the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) for use in motor vehicles manufactured after 2001


Ship owner, chief engineer sentenced for ocean dumping
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 24 2012

A federal court in Alabama has sentenced an Italian shipping company and the chief engineer of one of its ships for deliberately falsifying records to conceal discharges of oily wastewater from the ship into the sea


Fifth Circuit affirms ruling that Corps is liable for Katrina damage
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 16 2012

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling finding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) liable to several Louisiana property owners for its negligent work maintaining a shipping channel between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, which purportedly caused billions of dollars in damage as the result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005


Florida shipping company sentenced for oil pollution and ballast water environmental crimes
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2012

A federal court has reportedly sentenced a Miami, Florida-based shipping company to five years of probation and a $1-million fine after the company pleaded guilty to oil pollution and ballast water environmental crimes