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APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MAINE

[Hon. Gene Carter, U.S. District Judge]

This case involves a question of first impression as to the scope of maritime liens. Gowen, Inc., brought the action in December 1999 in federal district court against the vessel F/V Quality One and her owner, Nunya, Inc. Gowen sought to recover debts owed for wharfage and repair, and sought relief in rem against the vessel and in personam against the owner. Federal Maritime Lien Act, 46 U.S.C. �� 3141-43 (1994). The amount sought, with interest through November 23, 1999, was just under $12,000, plus unspecified costs of collection and attorney’s fees. The vessel was arrested pursuant to a warrant commanding the seizure of “her equipment, engines, and appurtenances.”

 
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