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Robert E. O'Connor

Robert E. O’Connor

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UPDATED – New York Real Estate during the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020 – UPDATE: This is an update on how the ongoing pandemic continues to affect New York landlords and…

‘Tis the Season for Bad Weather and Cargo Damage

December 3, 2020

Winters at sea in the Northern Hemisphere are very harsh.  Despite vessel owners and operators’ best efforts to secure cargo…

Maritime Attachment & Arrest

November 18, 2020

Maritime attachments and vessel arrests are very useful tools for maritime claimants.  The successful use of Rule B and Rule…

UPDATED – COVID-19 in New York: Essential Business, Law Firms, and State and Federal Courts

November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020 – UPDATE: Although it was serially extended over the past eight months, often on the day it…

US Legal Landscape Still Feeling Effects of OW Bunker Bankruptcy

September 28, 2020

Ship & Bunker
By Robert E. O'Connor

While the introduction of the IMO 2020 rule, collapsing oil prices, and the impact of measures taken to address the…

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. …

Force Majeure and Bunker Supply Contracts: It’s Complicated

April 27, 2020

Ship & Bunker
By Martyn Lasek

A sudden and severe drop in oil prices has prompted talk of whether counterparties will look to default on bunker…

Vessel and Port Operations in the US and the Port of New York and New Jersey during the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 24, 2020

The Port of New York and New Jersey is one of the busiest ports in the United States, serving one…

Maritime Litigation and Arbitration in the US and New York during the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 15, 2020

April 16, 2020 – UPDATE: The SMA has now published a message concerning coronavirus and maritime arbitration proceedings. The message…

M/V GOLDEN RAY: Deviating from an OPA 90 Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan

March 30, 2020

The M/V GOLDEN RAY capsized and grounded in St. Simons Sound on September 8, 2019 in an environmentally sensitive area….

NuStar Accused of Selling Substandard Marine Fuel

March 28, 2019

Law360
By Todd Hutchinson

NuStar Energy sold substandard marine fuel to a ship used by a Japanese petroleum distributor and is liable for replacement costs…

Robert E. O’Connor Elected to Firm Partnership

March 5, 2018

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that it has named attorneys Robert E. O’Connor to the firm’s partnership. O’Connor, who is…

Vincent M. DeOrchis and Robert E. O’Connor Appointed Board Members of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF)

January 17, 2018

New York, NY – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce that Vincent M. DeOrchis and Robert E. O’Connor were recently…

Recovery of Purely Economic Damages From Third Parties for an Oil Spill

November 10, 2017


By Robert E. O’Connor

In re Settoon Towing, L.L.C., 859 F.3d 340 (5th Cir. 2017), two flotillas of barges were sailing southbound on the…

OW Bunker Tells 2nd Circ. Subcontractors Can’t Claim Fuel

October 13, 2017

Law360
By Ryan Boysen

Bankrupt marine fuel supplier and trader O.W. Bunker AS on Thursday urged the Second Circuit to affirm that several liens…

Norwegian Must Arbitrate Fuel Row, Supplier Says

September 8, 2017

Law360
By Shayna Posses

A bankrupt marine fuel supplier has asked a Connecticut federal judge to dismiss Norwegian Cruise Line’s suit stemming from bunkers it…

US Judge Seeks Input On English Ruling In Similar Fuel Row

September 5, 2017

Law360
By Joyce Hanson

A Connecticut federal judge in a case involving a bankrupt marine fuel supplier and Norwegian Cruise Line advised counsel for both sides…

Norwegian Cruise Lines Can’t Block Arbitration, Court Told

August 28, 2017

Law360
By Natalie Olivo

A bankrupt marine fuel supplier asked a Connecticut federal court on Friday not to block it from pursuing London arbitration…

Montgomery McCracken Receives “International Restructuring Deal of the Year” at the 9th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards

June 14, 2017

NEW YORK – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce the firm has received “International Restructuring Deal of the Year” award…

Montgomery McCracken Selected as Finalist for Three Awards for the 9th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards

May 8, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Montgomery McCracken has been selected as a finalist for the “Energy Deal of the Year ($250MM – $1B)”…

Agreement Conveying Nominal Ownership Share in a Sailboat is Maritime When the Principal Objective of the Agreement was to Convey Exclusive Use of the Sailboat

March 3, 2017


By Robert E. O'Connor

In Federal Insurance Company v Speedboat Racing Ltd, Senior District Judge Haight considered liability for damages to a sailboat which…

Employer’s Request to Shift Liability for Permanent Disability to Longshore Special Fund is Denied

March 3, 2017


By Robert E. O'Connor

In Cianbro Corp. v. Dir., Office of Workers’ Comp. Programs, Respondent, an employee who suffered permanent lung impairment during his…

Montgomery McCracken to Receive Two Awards at The M&A Advisor’s 11th Annual Turnaround Awards

January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce the firm will receive the “Restructuring Deal of the Year…

“Growing Consensus” Over Who Should Be Paid Disputed OW Bunker Bills

January 25, 2017

Ship and Bunker

An order and opinion by United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni earlier this month has added to a “growing…

O.W. Bunker Litigation in the United States: O.W. Bunker “provided” necessaries and has maritime liens

January 24, 2017


By Robert E. O'Connor

United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni recently issued a highly anticipated order and opinion in three O.W. Bunker “test”…

OW Bunker: Movement forward as the saga continues

January 16, 2017

Seatrade Maritime News
By Barry Parker

An early January decision by Judge Valerie Caproni, of the United States District Court Southern District of New York, represents…

OW Bunker Holds Maritime Liens In Payment Row, Judge Says

January 9, 2017

Law360
By Linda Chiem

A New York federal judge ruled Monday that entities of bankrupt Danish marine fuel supplier and trader O.W. Bunker AS…

National Pollution Funds Center Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously When Denying Claim for Oil Spill Clean Up Costs

January 4, 2017

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia took the rare step of holding…

Montgomery McCracken Receives “Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $100MM)” Award by The M&A Advisor

November 10, 2016

NEW YORK, NY (November 10, 2016)– Montgomery McCracken has received the “Restructuring Deal of the Year (Over $100MM)” award by…

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….

Montgomery McCracken Selected as Finalist for Two Awards for the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

September 1, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Montgomery McCracken has been selected as a finalist for the “Energy Deal of the Year” award and “Restructuring…

The International Collapse of OW Bunker

April 20, 2016

DRI's For The Defense

Think Globally, For The Defense, April 2016 Christopher Scott D’Angelo:157006 Robert E. O’Connor:225791 14.00 In January 2014, Denmark’s OW Bunker…

O.W. Bunker Litigation in the United States: Contract Supplier and its Assignee have Enforceable Maritime Liens

April 19, 2016

In our previous update concerning OW Bunker litigation in the United States, we discussed orders issued by the United States…

Robert E. O’Connor to Serve as Keynote Speaker for St. John’s School of Law’s Joseph A. Calamari Admiralty Law Society

April 18, 2016

NEW YORK — Montgomery McCracken associate Robert E. O’Connor will serve as the keynote speaker at St. John’s School of…

O.W. Bunker Litigation in the United States: maritime liens, interpleaders, and liquidation

March 4, 2016

Physical Supplier Denied Maritime Lien A federal court in the United States recently held that a physical supplier of bunkers was not…

OW’s US arms pursue $45m in unpaid bills

January 4, 2016

TradeWinds
By Eric Martin

The US affiliates of OW Bunker are still on the prowl for $44.6m in unpaid receivables, according to lawyers for…

O.W. Bunker USA can complete liquidation

December 30, 2015

The Deal
By Kelsey Butler

Marine fuel suppliers O.W. Bunker North America Inc. and O.W. Bunker USA Inc. are nearly set to complete their Chapter…

Montgomery McCracken Successfully Obtains Confirmation of O.W. Bunker Debtors’ Liquidation Plans

December 18, 2015

A team of Montgomery McCracken bankruptcy and maritime attorneys led by Natalie D. Ramsey, Richard G. Placey, Davis Lee Wright,…

OW’S US Arms in Talks to Forge ‘Consensual’ Bankruptcy Plan

May 14, 2015


By Tradewinds News

OW Bunker’s US wings and key creditors are seeking to hammer out a “consensual” bankruptcy plan as part of a…

EPA Releases Policy for Assessing Penalties on Ships that Violate the “Sulfur in Fuel” Standard

January 16, 2015

Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a “Policy for Violation by Ships of the Sulfur in Fuel Standard…

OW Bunker subsidiaries attack with arrest cases of their own

January 16, 2015

Tradewinds
By Eric Martin Stamford

US entities of collapsed Danish bunkers supplier begin to chase owners over unpaid bills The US subsidiaries of collapsed OW…

Shippers pay into US court to prevent ship detention after OW Bunker collapse

January 14, 2015

Reuters
By Keith Wallis

Shipping firms have paid millions of dollars into U.S. accounts to prevent their vessels from being detained due to non-payment…

North American ECA Zones and Compliance

November 11, 2014

Associate Robert E. O’Connor contributed to SKULD P&I’s “North American ECA Zones and Compliance” and authored an accompanying supplement, “North American…

A Modern Twist On A Charter Party Contract ‘‘Approvals’’ Clause

September 15, 2014

Mealey's International Arbitration Report
By Timothy Semenoro and Robert E. O'Connor

[Editor’s Note: Timothy Semenoro is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Maritime and Transportation practice group in the firm’s New York…

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…

Stepped Up Enforcement in the North American ECA: August 2014 Update

August 18, 2014

Legal Briefing

In a new enforcement initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), in cooperation with the United States Coast Guard…

Montgomery McCracken Adds Half of Dissolving NYC Law Firm

June 6, 2014

Philadelphia Business Journal
By Jeff Blumenthal

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads has added three lawyers from a dissolving maritime law firm in New York City. The…

Montgomery McCracken Adds Three Maritime Attorneys in New York

June 2, 2014

    NEW YORK–In a significant move bolstering the firm’s capabilities in the area of maritime law and representation of oceangoing…

The Maritime Executive: Montgomery McCracken Adds Three Maritime Attorneys

May 30, 2014


By MAREX

In a significant move bolstering the firm’s capabilities in the area of maritime law and representation of oceangoing ship owners,…

MarineLink: Montgomery McCracken Adds 3 Maritime Attorneys

May 29, 2014

MarineLink
By Erin Haun

From left: Eugene O’Connor, Timothy Semenoro and Robert O’Connor Montgomery McCracken announced the addition of three attorneys to the Maritime…

New Firm for O’Connor

May 28, 2014

TradeWinds
By Eric Martin

Chalos O’Connor senior partner Eugene O’Connor is joining law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. The move comes as his…