US Court declines to confiscate AC45
Published on February 23rd, 2015
(February 23, 2015) – A US court has declined a request to confiscate the AC45 owned by America’s Cup champion, Oracle Team USA, as a lien for wages owed to a New Zealand sailor. Joe Spooner, Oracle Racing’s former grinder and crew for two America’s Cup titles, was claiming a seaman’s lien against the vessel for unpaid wages, plus punitive damages, for an alleged wrongful discharge by Oracle Team USA. While the court declined the request to Issue the vessel arrest warrant, this Order has no effect on Spooner‘s in personam claim against Oracle Racing. Court order.
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