ACX Crystal Owners May Be Liable for $2 Billion After USS Fitzgerald Crash


Adjunct Professor Lawrence Brennan was quoted in a SputnikNews article about the recent collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the Philippine container ship MV ACX Crystal.

Writing for Business Insider, Captain Lawrence Brennan, who now serves as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School, argued that the complexities of maritime law, particularly in incidents involving naval vessels, could results in a massive payout from the ACX Crystal’s owner, Japan’s Dainichi-Invest Corporation.

Brennan claims that Dainichi-Invest will likely not pursue a claim against the US Navy even if the Fitzgerald is found to be liable. As damage to the Crystal is a minor expense, the vessel”s owners would be better off trying to limit their own liability.


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