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INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF NORTH AMERICA v. AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO et al Complaint

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Case 1:11-cv-03604-CM Document 1
Filed 05/26/11 Page 1 of 4
David L. Mazaroli Attorney for Plaintiff 11 Park Place – Suite 1214 New York, NY 10007-2801 Tel. (212)267-8480 Fax. (212)732-7352 e-mail: dlm@mazarolilaw.com ----------------------------------------------------------------x UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -----------------------------------------------------------------x : INDEMNITY INSURANCE COMPANY OF : NORTH AMERICA Plaintiff, - against AMERICAN AIRLINES CARGO; AMERICAN AIRLINES; AMERICAN AIRLINES INC.; :
ECF CASE
11 Civ. 6304 (CM) COMPLAINT : : :
Defendants. : -----------------------------------------------------------------x Plaintiff, through its undersigned attorney, alleges as follows for its complaint against defendants: 1. Plaintiff Indemnity Insurance Company of North America (“IINA”) is a
corporation organized under the laws of, and with its principal place of business in, the state of Pennsylvania, and maintains an office at 140 Broadway, New York, New York, and sues herein as subrogated insurer of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company. Plaintiff also sues for and on behalf of the shipper, consignee and owner of the cargo as their interests may appear. 2. Defendants are believed to be corporations organized under the laws of,
and with their principal place of business in, certain of the fifty states other than Pennsylvania.
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This Court has in personam jurisdiction over defendants, who conduct
business in the State of New York and the United States as a whole. FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION 4. this complaint. 5. This Court has federal question subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 Plaintiff repeats and realleges the allegations in paragraphs 1 through 3 of
USCA § 1331. There is also diversity pendent, ancillary and supplemental jurisdiction as to certain aspects of the claim in suit. The amount in controversy, exclusive of interest and costs, exceeds $75,000.00. 6. This cause of action arises under a treaty of the United States, specifically
the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Transportation by Air, 49 Stat. 3000, T.S. No. 876 (1934), reprinted in note following 49 U.S.C. Sec. 1502 (the "Warsaw Convention"), and certain amendments, protocols and successor treaties thereto in effect in the country of origin and destination at the time of shipment. Alternatively, this cause of action is governed by the Convention for Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, Done at Montreal on 28 May 1999, reprinted in S. Treaty Doc. No 106-45, 1999 WL 33292734 (2000) (entered into force Nov. 4, 2003) (“Montreal Convention”). 7. This action involve damage and loss to a shipment of tobacco bobbins
which moved from the Dominican Republic to the United States, as described more fully in American Airlines Cargo air waybill 001-7867-1935 dated on or about August 3, 2010, and others.
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Said damage and loss was the result of defendants’ fault, recklessness,
wanton neglect, and willful misconduct in that defendants, their agents, servants, connecting carriers, subcontractors, terminal operators, truck drivers, warehousemen and employees failed to properly handle, protect and care for the cargo in question and in that defendants had no proper and effective procedures to receive, handle, carry, transfer and care for the cargo 9. By reason of the aforesaid plaintiff, and those on whose behalf it sues, has
sustained damages in the amount of $79,237.45, plus incidental expenses including survey fees, no part of which has been paid although duly demanded. 10. Plaintiff sues herein 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. SECOND CAUSE OF ACTION 11. Plaintiff repeats and realleges the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1
through 10 of this complaint. 12. When the cargo was received into the care, custody and control of
defendants, or those entities acting on their behalf, the cargo was in good order and condition. 13. However, defendants failed to make delivery of the entire cargo at the
intended destination in the same order and condition. Instead the cargo was in damaged and depreciated condition at the time of delivery. 14. Therefore, defendants, as common carriers, bailees, and/or warehousemen,
are liable to plaintiff for the claimed damage and loss to the cargo in suit.
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THIRD CAUSE OF ACTION 15. Plaintiff repeats and realleges the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1
through 5 and 7 through 10 of this complaint. 16. Defendants breached their duty of care with respect to accessorial services
they contracted to provide for the subject shipment. 17. Said breaches constitute material deviations and/or fundamental breaches
of the governing accessorial contracts. 18. As a result, defendants are liable without limitation of any kind for the full
amount of plaintiff’s damages. WHEREFORE, plaintiff demands judgment against defendants jointly and severally: (a) (b) (c) (d) for the sum of $79,237.45, plus incidental expenses including survey fees; for prejudgment interest at the rate of 9% per annum; for the costs and disbursements of this action; for such other and further relief as this Court deems proper and just.
Date: New York, New York May 25, 2011
LAW OFFICES, DAVID L. MAZAROLI
s/David L. Mazaroli
_____________________________ David L. Mazaroli Attorney for Plaintiff 11 Park Place - Suite 1214 New York, New York 10007 Tel.: (212)267-8480 Fax.: (212)732-7352 E-mail: dlm@mazarolilaw.com File No.: 1G-2055
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