Unpublished Dispositionbruzzone Consolidation, Inc.; Cartiere Riunite Donzelli Emeridionali S.p.a.; Perkins Goodwin Company,inc.; Cartiere Italiane Reunite S.p.a.,plaintiffs-appellees, v. Maher Terminals, Inc., Defendant-appellant,andm/v Blue Eagle, Her Engines, Boilers, Etc.; Otrantoenterprises, Ltd.; Blue Flag Navigation, Ltd.;terminal Corporation, Defendants, 900 F.2d 250 (4th Cir. 1990)Annotate this Case
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Paul V. Niemeyer, District Judge. (CA-85-4530-PN).
George Joseph Koelzer, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, New York City, for appellants.
M.E. DeOrchis, DeOrchis & Partners, New York City, for appellees.
Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr., Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, New York City, for appellants.
James W. Bartlett, III, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, Baltimore, Md., for appellees.
D. Md., 713 F. Supp. 146
Before ERVIN, Chief Judge, WILKINSON, Circuit Judge, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.
Maher Terminals, Inc., a stevedore company, appeals the district court's judgment holding Maher liable for damage caused by Maher's negligent unloading of cargo consigned to Bruzzone Consolidation, Inc.
Maher's negligence is well established; several credible eyewitnesses testified to the good condition of the cargo upon the ship's arrival and to the extensive damage to the cargo caused by Maher's haphazard unloading. Maher's main assignment of error is its contention that the damage calculations were speculative because they were based, in part, on price discounts negotiated between Bruzzone and purchasers of the cargo.
We find that the damages assessed against Maher were amply supported by the evidence. Maher's other assignments of error lack merit. Maher had an unrestricted opportunity to appraise the damage that it caused. The record supports the district court's finding that Bruzzone reasonably settled with the purchasers of the cargo. We affirm for reasons adequately stated by the district court. Bruzzone Consolidation, Inc. v. M/V Blue Eagle, 713 F. Supp. 146 (D. Md. 1989).