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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 an important milestone in the ongoing saga of OW Bunker & Trading A/S, and its related companies.

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Lawyers representing OW’s US companies also looked favorably at the decision. Robert O’Connor, a Litigator in the New York office of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, told Seatrade Maritime News: “Our client, OW Bunker USA Inc, is certainly pleased with the result; we believe that the Judge properly applied the Lien statutes, and we are pleased that the decision comports with the decisions rendered by other District courts.” O’Connor, who specializes in maritime matters, explained that the first decisions were rendered in late 2015 by a court in Texas, when an effort to assert a maritime lien by a supplier, in this case Valero, was denied in the Almi Sun case. In talking about the January, 2017 decision, he said, “There’s definitely momentum now,” referring to cases in Washington State, Alabama and earlier cases decided in the New York court by a different Judge.

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