Allen Black

Allen Black

Allen Black

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Allen Black is a partner in Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. office with strong experience handling the full range of maritime matters. Learn more about Mr. Black's background at: http://www.winston.com/hblack

Guilty of MARPOL offenses

Shipping Company Found Guilty of MARPOL Offenses

By Allen Black 2015-11-11 19:19:05

Late on November 6, 2015, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama returned verdicts of guilty against DSD Shipping A.S. and three engineer officers from the Stavanger Blossom on various maritime pollution-related charges. The government alleged that the vessel had experienced problems with its oily water separator, and as a result, the engineers used various improper means of discharging oily bilge water, including tricking the oil content sensor, rigging bypass pipes, and pumping the bilge water to...

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OPA 90

Appeals Court Rules on OPA 90 Claim Requirements

By Allen Black 2015-10-13 12:56:30

On October 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that an action for an oil pollution claim is barred unless it is first presented to the responsible party at least 90 days before the expiration of the three-year limitation period. The court also held that the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 does not impose any specific...

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Order

Court Excludes Evidence of OWS Replacement

By Allen Black 2015-09-30 17:20:32

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama held that corrective actions taken after an alleged criminal offense are inadmissible to show guilt in a criminal trial, rejecting contrary precedents. As the case of U.S. v. DSD Shipping S.A. moves closer to trial on criminal charges for alleged bypasses of oil pollution prevention equipment and false record books on the tanker STAVANGER BLOSSOM, the prosecutors revealed that they intended to introduce evidence that...

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Court decision

Court Finds U.S. Jurisdiction Over Foreign Vessel

By Allen Black 2015-09-23 02:15:35

United States courts continue to uphold prosecutions of non-U.S.-flag vessels for pollution incidents beyond U.S. waters when the pollution is covered up with false records presented to U.S. officials. In a decision issued on...

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maritime law

First Circuit Affirms Doctrine of Uberrimae Fidei

By Allen Black 2015-02-20 09:40:16

In a newly-issued decision in Catlin (Syndicate 2003) v. San Juan Towing and Marine Services, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that the maritime doctrine of uberrimae fidei – “utmost good faith” – is an established rule of maritime law, joining the Second, Third, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. San Juan had sought to recover on a hull insurance policy for damages from the sinking of its floating drydock. However, Catlin sought to void...

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