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INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA v. FEDEX FREIGHT, INC.

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Case Number: 
1:12-cv-03695 Search Pacer
Opposing Party: 
FedEx Freight, Inc.
Court Type: 
Federal
US District Court: 
Southern District of New York
Date Filed: 
May 9 2012

"1. Plaintiff Indemnity Insurance Company of North America (“IINA”) sues herein as subrogated insurer of the cargo in suit, having paid the $26,273.30 insurance claim arising from the claimed cargo damage. Plaintiff also sues for and on behalf of the shipper, consignee and owner of the cargo as their interest may appear.

2. Defendant FedEx Freight, Inc. doing business as FedEx Freight is believed to be corporation organized under the laws of certain of the fifty states and at all material times maintained a statutorily required registered agent for service of process at 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10011.

3. In addition FedEx maintains offices and places of business for shipping services in multiple locations within the Court’s jurisdiction, including 33 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013.

4. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 as this action arises from the carriage of goods in interstat commerce and, to the extent the carriage involved or contemplated road transport, is governed by the Carmack Amendment to the Interstate Commerce Act, 49 U.S.C. § 14706. To the extent the carriage involved domestic air transport it is governed by federal statutes and federal common law related thereto.

5. Concurrently there is pendent, ancillary and supplement jurisdiction as to certain aspects of the claim in suit.

6. Upon information and belief defendant at all material times conducted business within the State of New York as a common carrier of cargo for hire, including with respect to the pick up, carriage and delivery of cargo, and the provision of services related thereto, and are subject to the in personam jurisdiction of this Court.

7. This action involves damage and loss to a shipment of Parker Hannifin press machinery and parts (hereinafter also referred to as “the Shipment”) which moved or was intended to move from Pasadena, Texas, to Phoenix, Arizona, as described more fully in FedEx Freight Bill number 1749936963 dated on or about May 18, 2011, and others. (FedEx Claim No.: 12014124)

8. When the Shipment was received into the custody of defendant it was in good order and condition and a clean bill of lading and/or freight bill was issued without exception or notation for damage or loss of any kind.

9. When the Shipment was delivered by defendants at destination it was in damaged and depreciated condition. Exceptions and notations for damage and loss were entered on the face of the bill of lading and/or freight bill.

10. Said damage and loss to the Shipment was the result of defendant’s reckless failure to properly carry and care for the Shipment during the subject interstate transportation and their fundamental breaches of, and unreasonable deviations from, the governing carriage contract.

11. The damage and loss to the Shipment was not caused by the inherent nature of the goods shipped.

12. The damage and loss to the Shipment was not caused by events which would constitute, or give rise to, an “Act of God” defense or exception to liability.

13. The damage and loss to the Shipment was not caused by events which would constitute an, or give rise to, “Act of Public Enemy” defense or exception to liability.

14. The damage and loss to the Shipment was not caused by events which would constitute an “Act of Public Authority” defense or exception to liability.

15. The damage and loss to the Shipment was not caused by the fault of any shipper or owner of the goods shipped.

16. By reason of the aforesaid, plaintiff, and those on whose behalf it sues, has sustained damages in the amount of $26,273.30, no part of which has been paid although duly demanded, and for which defendant is liable without limitation of any kind.

17. Plaintiff sues on its own behalf and as agent and trustee for and on behalf of anyone else who may now have or hereafter acquire an interest in this action.

18. Plaintiff, and those on whose behalf it sues, has performed all conditions precedent required of them under the premises.

WHEREFORE, plaintiff demands judgment against defendant.
a. for the sum of $26,273.30;
b. for prejudgment interest at the rate of 9% per annum;
c. for the costs of this action;
d. for such other and further relief as this Court deems proper and just."

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