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$46 Million Settlement

Caterpillar Fire on MV Sherman

$46 Million Settlement in Defective Marine Engine Product Liability Case

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. et al. v. Caterpillar Inc. et al. | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-900126 c/w 02-CV-2010901073

The firm achieved a $46 million settlement in a product liability case involving the failure of a single marine engine.  The settlement came one week before the scheduled jury trial and six years after the engine failure.  Bender Shipbuilding entered into a contract with Seacor Marine, LLC for the construction of a series of state-of-the-art vessels, including the M/V Sherman. The contract price for the M/V Sherman was almost $27 million. While the vessel was still under construction, one of its 3516B Caterpillar marine engines threw a rod during routine testing, causing a massive fire that burned the ship to its hull.

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