Maritime Matter of the Week

Judge Schedules Court Date For 2010 Winter Olympics Cruise Ship Lawsuit


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A judge in Washington, D.C. has scheduled a date for a 2010 Winter Olympics maritime lawsuit between a North Carolina cruise ship agent and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Judge Rosemary Collyer set a nine-day trial for Oct. 15, 2013 between Cruise Connections Charter Management and the RCMP.

The lawsuit is a result of a dispute that dates back to June 2008, when Cruise Connections was contracted to hire three ships to house 5,000 RCMP officers and military personnel at Ballantyne Pier before and during the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. The RCMP agreed to pay $54 million to Cruise Connections to charter three vessels for US$39 million, but the two parties argued over who would be responsible for tax remissions for the foreign crewmembers that were to be employed on the vessels. When the value of the Canadian dollar inflated in the fall of 2008, Cruise Connections believed it would not be making the profit it anticipated and delayed executing the charter agreements. The RCMP then cancelled the contract on Nov. 17, 2008 and Cruise Connections sued them for breach of contract.

In February 2011, a Government of Canada application to stop the lawsuit on the grounds that American law prohibits suits against foreign governments was overturned on a technicality. Collyer ordered the plaintiffs to provide the defendants with “all documents regarding profit/cost analysis that were used in preparation of plaintiffs’ bid on the first Request for Proposal” in Nov. 2008 and an original report from Amex estimated the costs between $25 and $41 million. After the disputes with the contract ensued, the RCMP directly chartered Carnival’s Elation ship and Holland America’s MS Staten-dam and MS Oosterdam vessels for $76 million.

While the case has already been sitting on the backburner for several years, it is not uncommon for maritime lawsuits to take a long time to resolve, especially if an accident or injury was involved. At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, our attorneys have spearheaded many cases involving claims against cruise line companies for several matters, including crewmember injuries, passenger accidents and criminal activity. Since 1971, our maritime lawyers have focused on bringing claims against cruise lines, as well as other vessel owners, and have represented clients worldwide. It is important for anyone who has been the victim of an accident at sea or in port to know that they are entitled to seek legal assistance for their claims and may be entitled to receive compensation for their incident.

Our maritime attorneys are always available to offer legal counsel to both crewmembers and passengers. If you or someone you love has been hurt or experienced wrongdoing of any kind by a vessel operator, contact us to schedule a consultation so we can review your options and determine if you have a viable case.


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