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IN RE AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES, L.L.C., 158 F.SUPP.2D 1312 (S.D. ALA. 2001)

Claimant filed motion to lift stay order issued pursuant to action filed under Limitation of Vessel Owner's Liability Act and permit claimant to proceed in state court. The District Court, Howard, Senior District Judge, held that claimant, which stipulated that federal court had exclusive jurisdiction over the limitation proceeding and further waived the related defense of issue preclusion as to any judgement rendered by any other court with respect to the issue of shipowner's and charterer's right to limit their liability, was not required to stipulate to exoneration in order to lift stay order. Motion granted.
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