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INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA et al v. MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING COMPANY S.A.

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Case Number: 
1:11-cv-07808 Search Pacer
Opposing Party: 
Indemnity Insurance Company of North America
Court Type: 
Federal
US District Court: 
Southern District of New York
Date Filed: 
Nov 1 2011

"1. This is an admiralty and maritime claim within the meaning of Rule 9(h) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Jurisdiction is predicated upon 28 U.S.C. §1333.

2. At all material times, INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA (hereinafter 'TINA" or "Plaintiff) was and is a corporation with an office and place of business located at 140 Broadway, 40th Floor, New York, New York, 10005 and is the subrogated insurance underwriter of SUZANO PULP AND PAPER AMERICA, INC., the owner of a consignment of Printing/Writing Paper, as more specifically described below.

3. At all material times, SUZANO PULP AND PAPER AMERICA, INC. (hereinafter "SUZANO") was and is a corporation with an office and place of business located at 550 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 420, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33309 and was the owner of the consignment of Printing/Writing Paper that is the subject matter of this litigation.

4. At all material times, defendant MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING COMPANY S.A. (hereinafter "MSC" or "Defendants") was and is a foreign corporation with an office and place of business located at 420 5th Avenue, New York, New York 10018 and was and is doing business within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court.

5. Plaintiff brings this action on its own behalf and as agent and/or trustee on behalf of and for the interest of all parties who may be or become interested in the said consignment, as their respective interests may ultimately appear, and plaintiff is entitled to maintain this action. RELEVANT FACTS

6. On or about September 25, 2011 a consignment consisting of 13 Skids of Printing/Writing Paper, laden into container MSCU5527475, then being in good order and condition, was delivered to the M/V CONTI CHIWAN and to Defendant MSC at Vitoria, Brazil for transportation to Jacksonville, Florida, in consideration of an agreed freight, pursuant to bill of lading number MSCUVV726087, dated September 25, 2011.

7. Thereafter the Container was loaded aboard the M/V CONTI CHIWAN and the vessel sailed for its intended destination.

8. During the ocean voyage from Vitoria, Brazil to Jacksonville, Florida the container sustained water damages.

9. Upon discharge, and as a result of the foregoing, it was discovered that the consignment was not in the same good order and condition as when received by defendants, but instead, had suffered damages during transit.

10. As a result of the damages sustained, SUZANO sustained a loss.

11. The damage to the aforementioned cargo was not the result of any act or omission of the plaintiff but, to the contrary, was due solely as the result of the negligence, fault, neglect, and breach of contract of carriage on the part of the defendants.

12. At all times relevant hereto, a contract of insurance for property damage was in effect between SUZANO and IINA, which provided coverage for, among other things, loss or damage to this consignment of Printing/Writing Paper.

13. Pursuant to the aforementioned contract of insurance between SUZANO and IINA, monies have been expended on behalf of SUZANO to the detriment of IINA due to the damages sustained during transit.

14. As IINA has sustained damages as a result of said expenditures, expenditures rightly the responsibility of the defendants, IINA has an equitable right of subrogation and is subrogated, to the extent of its expenditures, to the rights of its insured with respect to any and all claims for damages against the defendants.

15. By reason of the foregoing, plaintiff has sustained losses which will be shown with specificity at trial, no part of which has been paid, although duly demanded, which are presently estimated to be no less than $7,881.47."

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