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Angelex, Ltd. v. United States

Ship owner and operator are acquitted of dumping oil in the sea. (The ship’s engineer gets convicted.) Did the feds unreasonably impound the ship (setting too high a bond for its release) during trial, thus requiring compensation for the owner? D.C. Circuit: Ooh, neat. Congress created this cause of action 40 years ago, but no one’s ever tried to use it before. So, “sailing into uncharted waters,” the feds win.


Tags: 2018, Coast Guard, D.C. Circuit, Property Rights

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