PARAGON ASSET v. AM. STEAMSHIP OWNERS MUT. PROT.

No. 23-40209.

99 F.4th 736 (2024)

PARAGON ASSET COMPANY, LIMITED, as Owner of the Drillship DPDS1, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. AMERICAN STEAMSHIP OWNERS MUTUAL PROTECTION AND INDEMNITY ASSOCIATION, INCORPORATED, Defendant-Appellee, v. Paragon Offshore Limited, Defendant-Appellant, Paragon International Finance Company, Third Party Defendant-Appellant, Paragon Offshore Drilling, L.L.C., Counter-Claimant-Appellant, v. Signet Maritime Corporation, Claimant-Appellee, In the Matter of the Complaint of Signet Maritime Corporation, as Owner of the Tug Signet Enterprise, its engines, tackle, etc., in a Cause of Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability Signet Maritime Corporation, as Owner of the Tug Signet Enterprise, its engines, tackle, etc., in a Cause of Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Paragon Asset Company, Limited, Counter-Claimant-Appellant, In the Matter of the Complaint of Signet Maritime Corporation, as Owner of the Tug Signet Arcturus, its engines, tackle, etc., in a Cause of Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability Signet Maritime Corporation, as Owner of the Tug Signet Arcturus, its engines, tackle, etc., in a Cause of Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Paragon Asset Company, Limited, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

FILED April 24, 2024.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John Anthony Scialdone, Esq. (argued), Katherine Walton Hallida , John William Weber, III , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Scialdone Law Firm, P.L.L.C., Gulfport, MS, Harry Kent Aguillard , Eunice, LA, Walter Rimmer Woodruff, Jr. (argued), Chehardy Sherman Williams Recile & Hayes, L.L.P., Metairie, LA, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Robert Jan Brown , Michael P. Naughton , Brown Gavalas & Fromm, L.L.P., New York, NY, for Defendant-Appellee.

John Anthony Scialdone, Esq. (argued), Katherine Walton Hallida , John William Weber, III , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Scialdone Law Firm, P.L.L.C., Gulfport, MS, Harry Kent Aguillard , Eunice, LA, Walter Rimmer Woodruff, Jr. (argued), Chehardy Sherman Williams Recile & Hayes, L.L.P., Metairie, LA, for Third Party Defendant-Appellant.

John Anthony Scialdone, Esq , (argued), Katherine Walton Hallida , John William Weber, III , Assistant Federal Public Defender, Scialdone Law Firm, P.L.L.C., Gulfport, MS, Harry Kent Aguillard , Eunice, LA, Walter Rimmer Woodruff, Jr. (argued), Chehardy Sherman Williams Recile & Hayes, L.L.P., Metairie, LA, for Counter-Claimant-Appellant.

Kevin Patrick Walters , Robert H. Etnyre, Jr. (argued), Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P., Houston, TX, James H. Hunter, Jr. , Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P., Brownsville, TX, for Claimant-Appellee.

Before Higginbotham, Smith, and Higginson, Circuit Judges.


This is an appeal of an Opinion and Order issued by the district court concerning liability in a series of maritime casualties caused by the breakaway of a drillship in Port Aransas, Texas during and after Hurricane Harvey. Appellant Paragon Asset Company ("Paragon") owned the vessel, the DPDS1—an unmanned...

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