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Venue Issue Sinks Spain's Shipping Suit

Law360 (January 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A case in which the Spanish government accused the American Bureau of Shipping of wrongfully classifying an oil tanker as seaworthy, thus contributing to a massive oil spill off Spain's northwest coast, was dismissed Wednesday for being filed in the wrong venue.

In her opinion, Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Spain's claims in the United States were precluded by the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damages, otherwise known as the...
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