Dan Harkins Jul. 13, 2015, 1:52pm


NEW ORLEANS — The owner of a ship is suing the people entrusted to repair it, since he claims no repairs have been done since the ship was delivered in 2006. 

Russell Morris Dallen Jr. filed a complaint on June 29 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Maritime Systems Inc., doing business as GulfSouth Yacht Works, and Bill Dupuy. 

The plaintiff, from Broward County, purchased his 62-foot Dynamique boat named "Samoa" in August 2006. It's been under the care of Maritime Systems since that time, the lawsuit states. 

The plaintiff claims to have paid the defendants more than $150,000 to repair the boat during this time to no avail. 

"After nine years of work and tens of thousands of dollars in revenue fleecing plaintiff," the lawsuit states, "defendants now seek to force the plaintiff to take the boat back in substantially worse condition than when plaintiff put Samoa in defendants' care." 

The plaintiff seeks return of his ship and any money spent to repair it, as well as interest, attorneys' fees, punitive damages and court costs. 

The plaintiff is self-represented. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-02348-HGB-KWR.

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