NEW ORLEANS – A lift crane owner has filed suit against a vessel and its owner alleging it is owed for the crane's rental and seeks its return.
Essex Crane Rental Corp. filed a complaint on June 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against vessel DB Crossmar 14 and Cross Group Inc. alleging that they failed to comply with the terms and conditions of the equipment rental agreement.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it has suffered damages in the amount of approximately $213,000 for non-payment of crane rental through May 2 and loss of business opportunities if the crane were to remain in the possession of defendants. The plaintiff holds DB Crossmar 14 and Cross Group Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to pay invoices when due and continued wrongful possession of the crane.
The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendant, prejudgment interest, expenses, attorneys' fees and costs, an order for the crane be returned to plaintiff and such other and further relief which it may deem just and proper. It is represented by John J. Broders, William C. Baldwin and Catherine C. Cordes of Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-08146