Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Manufacturer/Broker in Maritime Action
Mike Ethridge and Jack Daniel prevailed in a maritime action in Federal Court on behalf of a business involved in brokerage and manufacturing. The business represented by the firm was a third party defendant being sued for goods it sold as broker. The goods at issue were shipped to South Carolina and ultimately to Brazil by other parties. The plaintiff, a large shipping company, has sought over $1.4 million in damages to compensate it for customs fines levied against it by the Brazilian government in connection with the shipment. Although one of the primary defenses was the goods being acceptable as sold, the client prevailed based on a more fundamental argument. The Federal Court dismissed the case against the client’s business based on lack of personal jurisdiction. The hearing on the jurisdictional issue was argued by Jack Daniel in Federal Court.