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Espana v. Am. Bureau of Shipping, Inc., 10-3518

In a suit against one of the world's leading classification societies (engaged in inspecting thousands of marine vessels worldwide) for the sinking of an oil tanker in the northwestern coast of Spain, releasing large quantities of oil into the ocean, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendants in concluding that plaintiffs were not owed a duty in tort in connection with defendant's inspection of the tanker, is affirmed, as even if such a duty were owed, plaintiff did not introduce evidence sufficient to create a genuine dispute of material fact as to whether defendants recklessly breached that duty.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/29/2012
  • Published 08/29/2012


  • Livingston


  • United States Second Circuit