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Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided. Judge Chin IN AN admiralty and maritime case, plaintiff, the subrogated underwriter of American Marketing Services Inc. (AMS) (the consignee, owner or underwriter of the shipment of cattle), sued defendants and the vessel M/V Caroline for damages to a shipment of livestock. Plaintiff argued that a defendant, the marketing agent for the Caroline, is liable on the voyage charter party because it was acting as an agent for an undisclosed principal. Defendant responded that the owners were disclosed at the time that the charter was entered into because defendant signed the shipping documents explicitly on the owners’ behalf and because the owners were specifically identified in the charter. The court granted summary judgment to defendant, determining that it clearly was an agent for an disclosed principal. The court noted that the fact that the owner’s name was not disclosed to AMS at the beginning of the charter does not cause the owner to be an undisclosed principal.

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