ACX Crystal lawyers ask judge to dismiss USS Fitzgerald collision case over jurisdiction issue

The Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal merchant vessel transits through Tokyo Bay, passing Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, after colliding with the USS Fitzgerald early in the morning June 17, 2017. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES
The Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal merchant vessel transits through Tokyo Bay, passing Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, after colliding with the USS Fitzgerald early in the morning June 17, 2017. TYLER HLAVAC/STARS AND STRIPES

ACX Crystal lawyers ask judge to dismiss USS Fitzgerald collision case over jurisdiction issue

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Lawyers for the shipping company whose chartered vessel collided with the USS Fitzgerald in 2017 asked a U.S. district judge last week to dismiss two lawsuits seeking $287 million to hold the company liable for injuries and fatalities.

Tokyo-based NYK on March 5 filed motions to dismiss the suits, saying U.S. courts lack jurisdiction over the incident that occurred about 60 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, where the warship was based at the time.

NYK Line, a Japanese shipping company, chartered the Philippine-flagged container ship ACX Crystal that collided with the Fitzgerald, a guided-missile destroyer, around 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017.

Seven Navy sailors were killed in the collision, and dozens more were injured physically and emotionally, according to the lawsuits filed Nov. 18 in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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