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Dave Jarrett and Harry Ormiston Succeed in Obtaining Summary Judgment in the Federal Court for Unpaid Freight

February 16th, 2021

United Yacht Transport LLC v. Blue Horizon Corporation, 2020 FC 1067: This case dealt with a claim for unpaid freight and fees owing to the plaintiff, a yacht transporter, for transporting the defendant yacht the Knight Ship from Florida to British Columbia.  Following arrival in British Columbia the yacht was arrested for the unpaid amounts.  David Jarrett and Harry Ormiston successfully brought a motion for summary trial pursuant to Rules 231(1) and 216(6) of the Federal Court Rules on behalf of the plaintiff yacht transporter seeking recovery of the initial freight amount plus additional charges for demurrage and other damages. The Federal Court accepted the plaintiff’s argument that the case was suitable for determination by summary trial and granted judgment in the amount of $160,199 USD.  In addition to granting judgment in favor of the plaintiff, the court rejected the defendants’ arguments regarding alleged negligent misrepresentations made by the plaintiff and a claim for a set-off relating to alleged damage of the hull of the yacht. In light of its success, in a subsequent unreported decision the court awarded the plaintiff its costs of the action, including double costs for all steps taken following service of a formal offer to settle that it beat at the summary trial.

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