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Alfred J. Kuffler

Alfred J. Kuffler

Partner / Philadelphia, New York

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18 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

August 20, 2020

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of…

Responder Immunity: Protecting the Salvor in “Bet the Company” Responses

June 24, 2020

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News
By Alfred J. Kuffler

The specter of liability beyond the limits of applicable insurance for the salvor’s liability to both its contractual partner and…

Maritime Bankruptcies in the US during the Coronavirus Pandemic: An Introduction for Creditors

May 11, 2020

The combined effects of the coronavirus pandemic and falling oil prices have resulted in a surge of US bankruptcy petitions. …

Dismantlecon: BIMCO’s Form Offshore Decommissioning Contract

April 13, 2020

Soundings - American Salvage Association
By Alfred J. Kuffler and David DeVilbiss

In September 2019, BIMCO, venturing for the first time into waters offshore, released its DISMANTLECON form master services agreement for…

Citgo must pay for a massive 2004 Delaware River oil spill, Supreme Court rules

April 3, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Andrew Maykuth

The former owner of a Philadelphia area asphalt refinery is liable for a massive 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River and…

Justices Won’t Let Citgo Off Hook For $133M Oil Spill

April 3, 2020

Law360
By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

Three Citgo units are financially responsible for a $133 million oil spill in Delaware caused by a sunken anchor that was hidden…

Law360’s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

April 2, 2020

Law360
By Aebra Coe

Susman Godfrey earned a spot on the legal lions list this week with a win for NYU in litigation brought…

$73M Judgment in Maritime Case Upheld by SCOTUS

March 30, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision yesterday, March 30, 2020, on a major issue of importance…

Litigating Abroad and Need Evidence in the United States? Second and Sixth Circuits Lend a Hand

October 9, 2019

Two very recent federal appellate decisions have substantially expanded the ability of foreign litigants to obtain evidence in the United…

13 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

August 15, 2019

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 13 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 edition of…

17 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 17 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of…

ISM: A Potent Tool for Defense of Ship Owners

June 25, 2018


By Alfred Kuffler

The IMO Resolution A.741 (18) states that “The international Safety Management Code seeks ‘… to ensure safety at sea, prevention of…

ISM and the Sinking of the SS El Faro

June 25, 2018


By Alfred Kuffler

The National Transportation Safety Board has published its report of its investigation into the sinking of the SS El Faro…

3rd Circ. Won’t Revisit Citgo’s $100M Oil Spill Liability

May 31, 2018

Law360
By Michael Phillis

The Third Circuit declined Wednesday to revisit a decision that made three Citgo units liable for most of a $100 million-plus oil…

3rd Circ. Ups Citgo’s Tab In Fight Over $100M Spill Judgment

March 29, 2018

Law360
By Keith Goldberg

The Third Circuit handed down a precedential opinion Thursday that saddled three Citgo units with the lion’s share of liability for a…

Punitive Damages Ahoy!

November 16, 2017


By Alfred J. Kuffler

In Tabingo v. American Triumph LLC, No. 92913-1 (Wash., March 9, 2017), the Supreme Court of the State of Washington…

18 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

August 15, 2017

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of…

Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Lead Greek Ship Owners to Victory in 2004 Oil Spill Litigation

September 7, 2016

Following an 8-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Montgomery McCracken partners, John J….

When multiple parties seek the attachment of the same cargo via both federal and state courts, the first to serve proper papers wins

September 7, 2016

Alfred J. Kuffler

In Stemcor USA Inc v America Metals Trading LLP, the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently considered…

A Carrier’s Lien on Cargo Already Delivered is Extended to Cargo Subsequently in Carrier’s Possession

August 31, 2016

Alfred J. Kuffler

In World Imports Ltd. v. OEC Group, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a carrier’s…

12 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America © 2017

August 15, 2016

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of…

On final approach to the berth – M/V ATHOS I update

March 3, 2016

Attorneys involved with the ATHOS I litigation, a case venued in federal court in Philadelphia, are anxiously awaiting a decision…

12 Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 18, 2015

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that 12 of the firm’s attorneys are listed in The Best Lawyers in America©…

Cargo Ship’s Months-Long Stay Is About to End

November 12, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Linda Loyd

A cargo ship that has been stuck in the Delaware River since April because of needed repairs and owners who…

BP Found Grossly Negligent for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

September 5, 2014

Judge Carl Barbier issued his much-anticipated decision yesterday (September 4, 2014), assessing liability for the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. In lengthy…

Filipino Crewmen Stranded on Ship Ask for ‘Humanitarian Parole’

August 18, 2014

Inquirer.net
By Rocelle Tangi

Filipino crew members aboard a 700-foot freighter are asking for “humanitarian parole” from the US Customs and Border Protection after…

In Limbo on the Delaware

July 31, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Linda Loyd

Greek-owned cargo ship has been anchored in the Delaware River for nearly 16 weeks, with 20 crew on board, caught…

Sanity and Sanctuary Needed on Refuge Response

June 1, 2014

Partner Alfred J. Kuffler explains how risk management is at the heart of determining when to offer a stricken vessel a…

The Deepwater Horizon Sets OPA-90 Precedents

June 1, 2012

The April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has produced important recent judicial decisions interpreting OPA -90 which will be of…

Built It, But Will They Come? – Port Development as a Harbinger of Growth in Shipping and the Gamble Ports are Making

January 20, 2012

Marine Money

For a very long time, now, the news unrelentingly reports financial disasters – plunging freight rates, collapsing vessel values, failing…

BP clean-up costs to soar, experts say

April 19, 2011

Financial Times

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is likely to end up costing BP much more than the $40.9bn it has so far…

Deepwater Horizon Legislative Proposals

May 20, 2010

Over the last forty-five years each major pollution incident including the Torrey Canyon in 1967, the Union Oil blowout in…

BP, other oil spill companies start the blame game

May 6, 2010

Reuters

NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) – The companies behind the oil drilling disaster threatening the fragile waterways and beaches of…

The Authority of the Arbitrators to Interpret the Rules Under Which the Arbitration is Conducted

April 1, 2010

Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. - THE ARBITRATOR

In its January 14, 2010 decision, T.Co Metals LLC v. Dempsey Pipe & Supply, Inc., 592 F.3d 329 (2d Cir….

Montgomery McCracken Partner Alfred J. Kuffler Addresses United States Coast Guard

March 23, 2009

Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP partner and Admiralty practice chair Alfred J. Kuffler presented “Place of Refuge – Answers…

Supreme Court Decides Exxon’s Appeal of $2.5 billion Punitive Award from Valdez Spill

June 27, 2008

In a much anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 25, 2008, decided Exxon’s appeal of the $2.5 billion…

EPA Proposes Vessel Discharge Permits

June 19, 2008

On June 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed rules relating to  issuance of permits for  vessels’ overboard discharges of liquids…