Ship Owners to Pay U.S. Government for Fitzgerald Collision


Adjunct Professor Lawrence Brennan was quoted in a Navy Times article about the legal battle involving the collision of the USS Fitzgerald.

The Navy has awarded roughly $533 million in contracts and modifications for repair and modernization of the ship since September 2017, according to Pentagon contract listings.

“That’s a lot of money and it’s not a lot of money,” Lawrence Brennan, a retired Navy captain and attorney who teaches admiralty and maritime law at Fordham Law School, said of the settlement amount.

“The really tough questions are the injury and death claims being asserted against Crystal by the deceased and survivors,” he said.

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