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Recent Results


Federal Judge finds Nathan Carman directly or indirectly caused boat to sink

November 4, 2019

After nearly three years of litigation and a two-week trial at the District of Rhode Island, the Court entered Judgment for our clients denying Nathan Carman's insurance claim and dismissing all of his counterclaims. 

The case involved the disappearance of Vermont Resident Nathan Carman and his mother, Linda from Connecticut, after they departed Rhode Island to go fishing on his 31' boat.  Nathan Carman was found over a week later in a life raft by a passing freight ship, M/V ORIENT LUCKY, but his mother has never been found.

Prior to departing Rhode Island on September 17, 2016, Carman replaced his bilge pump and removed the vessel's trim tabs leaving four holes in his transom within inches of the waterline . . . (Full Story here)

See the Court's full Decision here.

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Federal Judge issues Protective Order enforcing Self-Critical Analysis Privilege

June 4, 2018

Representing Defendant-Vessel J. Burroughs (Dist of Mass.) of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts Federal Judge Allows Assertion of Self-Critical Analysis Privilege and Issues Protective Order preventing Plaintiff from obtaining Defendant-Shipmanager's Post-Casualty Internal Investigation Report.

  • See the Court's full Decision here

  • Check out UK P&I Club's recap of Liam's presentation on the topic during their 2019 Bodily Injury Seminar, here.


Secured Federal Fishing Permit

July 18, 2019

Kirby Aarsheim secured a transfer of federal fishing permit following initial denial and litigation initiated by vessel owner against National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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Successfully Obtained
Summary Judgment in 
Declaratory Judgment Action

September 26, 2018

After mold took over the interior of his yacht, a career insurance agent tried getting crafty with the wording in his hull policy, first claiming hull damage resulting from a fire (but there was no ignition) and second claiming vandalism (from a mysterious sander).  David Farrell obtained summary judgment dismissals of both odd claims.  

See Court's full Decision here.

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Successfully Defended Widow in Action Brought by Late Husband's Estate

April 23, 2019

Widow's late husband's estate brought action to obtain various assets.  Liam O'Connell successfully defended a motion for summary judgment filed by the estate before obtaining a judgment for his client after a trial in Essex Superior Court.  Judgment entered on behalf of FSO's client despite complicated issues surrounding the assets, including a prenuptial agreement, trusts, and wills. 

Successfully Obtained Summary Judgment in Zoning Appeal

October 15, 2018

Representing an abutter in a judicial review of a decision by the City of Gloucester City Council, Liam O'Connell obtained summary judgment against the applicant who desired to build a house on a private beach.

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