Lightering LLC et al v. T&T Offshore, Inc. et al

Haynes and Boone, LLP won a federal court dismissal for Teichman Group, LLC and T&T Offshore, Inc.

OSG Lightering and its insurance carriers brought the declaratory judgment lawsuit against the firm’s clients in federal court, claiming that neither OSG nor its carriers owed an indemnity for settlements that had been paid out because the agreement containing the indemnity had expired. Teichman and T&T filed a motion to dismiss that centered on a threshold jurisdictional issue: whether the agreement was a maritime contract that gave rise to the court’s admiralty jurisdiction.

Following briefing and a lengthy oral argument by Trachtenberg, Southern District Chief Judge Lee H. Rosenthal on July 16, 2018, issued a 30-page opinion agreeing with the firm’s clients that the agreement was not a maritime contract and thus did not give rise to admiralty jurisdiction in federal court.

Haynes and Boone advised with a team led by Mark Trachtenberg (Picture) and including Lynne Liberato.

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BeMaier PLLC and Hall Maines Lugrin, PC also advised on the case.

Involved fees earner: Mark Trachtenberg – Haynes and Boone; Lynne Liberato – Haynes and Boone;

Law Firms: Haynes and Boone;

Clients: T&T Offshore, Inc. ; Teichman Group, LLC;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti