Docket Nos. 08-3031-cv(L), 08-3032-cv(XAP), 08-3324-cv(CON).

673 F.3d 108 (2012)

OTAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED, as Owner of the M/V Kariba, for Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability, Plaintiff-Counter Defendant-Third-Party-Plaintiff-Appellee-Cross-Appellant, M/V Tricolor, her engines, boilers, etc., Consolidated-Defendant-Appellee, N.V. Fortis Corporate Insurance, United Services Automobile Association, ASI Auto Shipment GmbH, Charles Broomfield, Morgan Moon, Patricia York, Aplina Insurance Co., Ted L. Rausch Co., Augusta Assicurazioni S.p.A., CNH Italia S.p.A, CNH Trade N.V., New Holland North America Inc., FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage Inc., O & K Orenstein & Koppel A.G., Case Corporation and Tower Group International, Zurich Insurance Co., Gerling Insurance Co., as Subrogee and/or assignee of Schempp-Hirth Flugzeug-Vertriebs GmbH, David Green Hill, Liebherr-Mischtechnik GmbH, LCT Liebherr Concrete Technologie, Liebherr-Werk Nenzig GmbH, Liebherr America Inc., E.H. Harms GmbH & Co., John Deer Wereke Manheim, Lloyd's Syndicate No. WTK 457, PJG 2724, CMA 839, MLM 1221, GOS 102, EUL 1243, WHS 2, AML 2001, MKL 300, COP 1036, TAL 1183, NLU 2323, and KLN 510, Deer & Co., Timberjack AB Harvester Plant, John Deer Construction Equipment Company, Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Cars of North America Inc., Zurich International (UK) Limited, Can Maritime, IF P & C Insurance Ltd., Forsakringsbolaget Zurich-Schweiziskt Aktiebolag, Navigators Insurance Company, Euro Machinery B.V. Used Equipment, Superior Used Equipment, AXA-UK, AXA-Canada, Wilco Machinery B.V., FCI Equipment, Telco B.V., AIS Construction Machinery, Stevenson Equipment Ltd., Aring Equipment Company Inc., Komatsu Utility Europe S.p.A., Komatsu America Corporation, as successor to Komatsu Utility Corporation and Komatsu America International Company, The Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Co. Ltd., Nacco Materials Handling B.V., Nacco Materials Handling Group, Roundo AB, ACE USA, Samuel Shapiro & Company Inc., Sandvik SRP AB, Aggregate Crusher Spec. LLC & Nansson Aggregates, Landini S.p.A., Landini U.S.A. Inc., Fireman's Fund McGee, Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, BMW of North America LLC, Haftpflichtverband Der Deutschen Industrie Vag., XL Winterthur International Insurance Company Ltd., AIG Europe, Frankfort, DBV Winterthur Versicherungen, Gerling Allgemeine Versicherungs AG, SAAB Automobile AB, SAAB Deutschland GmbH, SAAB Cars USA Inc., Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs AG, Zurich Global Energy, American International Marine Agency, Claimants-Appellees, v. M/V CLARY, Third-Party-Defendant-Cross-Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee, Mineral Shipping Co., MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition Und Transport GmbH, Clary Shipping PTE Ltd., Third-Party-Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees, Actinor Car Carrier I AS, Capital Bank Public Limited Company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines AS, Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, Third-Party-Defendants-Counter-Claimants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided: March 8, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John D. Kimball , Blank Rome LLP, New York, New York, for Plaintiff-Counter-Defendant-Third-Party-Plaintiff-Appellee-Cross-Appellant.

Chester D. Hooper ( James T. Shirley , Francesa Morris , of counsel) Holland & Knight, New York, New York, for Third-Party-Defendants-Counter-Claimants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

Edward J. Powers , Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk, Virginia, for Third-Party-Defendant-Cross-Defendant-Appellant-Cross-Appellee and Third-Party-Defendants-Appellants-Cross-Appellees.

Raymond P. Hayden ( Kipp C. Leland , of counsel) Hill Rivkins & Hayden, LLP, New York, New York, for Claimants-Appellees.

Nicholas Philip Giuliano , Bennett, Giuliano, McDonnell & Perrone, LLP, New York, New York, Keith W. Heard , Burke & Parsons, New York, New York, Alfred J. Will , Badiak & Will, Mineola, New York, for certain Claimants-Appellees.

Before: B.D. PARKER, HALL, and LYNCH, Circuit Judges.


Nine years ago, on a foggy night in the English Channel, three vessels—the M/V Kariba (the "Kariba"), the M/V Tricolor (the "Tricolor"), and the M/V Clary (the "Clary")—came into close proximity of one another. The Kariba altered course to avoid the Clary and, in doing so, struck the Tricolor, causing it to sink. Subsequently, the owners of the Kariba brought an action for exoneration or limitation of liability. The parties filed cross-claims...

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