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Case of the Day: SCL Basilisk v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics

Posted on November 16, 2017

The case of the day is SCL Basilisk AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC (11th Cir. 2017). SCL Basilisk AG chartered a ship, the SCL Basilisk, to Agribusiness United, which was to be used to carry grain from New Orleans to Portugal and Morocco. At Agribusiness’s request, Sonada Agro Limited (UK) LLC took Agribusiness’s place as charterer. Sonada issued a letter of indemnity (Agribusiness United was the guarantor) requiring Sonada to post security in case the ship was arrested or detained and to indemnify SCL Basilisk AG against damage. In fact, the ship was arrested in New Orleans for reasons that aren’t important to the case. Sonada was late in posting security, which caused SCL Basilisk AG nearly half a million dollars in…

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Case of the Day: United States v. Alarcon

Posted on October 30, 2015

The case of the day is United States v. Alarcon (S.D.N.Y. 2015). The US Coast Guard intercepted a small boat on the high seas approximately 280 miles from the coast of Ecuador. It found 600 kg of cocaine on board and charged the three Ecuadoran men on the boat, Javier Joaquin Alarcon Prado, Luis Armando Valencia Bautista, and Hector Valencia Bautista, with drug offenses under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act. The defendants moved to dismiss the indictment.

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Case of the Day: Ministry of Oil of Iraq v. 1,032,212 Barrels of Crude Oil

Posted on September 8, 2014

The case of the day is Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq v. 1,032,212 Barrels of Crude Oil Aboard the United Kalavrvta (S.D. Tex. 2014). The Iraqi government’s view is that under Iraqi law, it owns all of Iraq’s plentiful oil. The independence-minded leaders of the Kurdistan region, however, have other ideas. According to Iraq, the Kurdish government had been illegally pumping crude and had illegally transported some of it to Turkey via a pipeline. Despite Iraq’s opposition, Turkey loaded the oil onto the United Kalavrvta, which then set sail for Galveston. Iraq claims that Kurdistan is guilty of conversion. It brought an action in admiralty against the oil, in rem, and against the Kurdish government, in personam. The judge, on the…

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