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April 5, 2024

Baltimore Bridge: Biden's Visit, Recovery, Supply Chain


Transportation & Infrastructure attorney Benjamin Allen was mentioned in a Law360 article about the legal implications and potential liability issues arising from the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore. The incident, caused by a Singapore-flagged container ship losing power and striking the bridge, has led to complex legal maneuvers by the ship's owner and operator, who are seeking to limit their financial liability under the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851. Mr. Allen provided insight into the shipowners' perspective, explaining that they would want to cap their exposure to damages because of the value of the 900-foot-long ship and cargo on board. The article also discussed the legal process to determine liability among various parties, including the ship, the state and bridge engineers.

"It makes sense from their perspective that they'd want to try and limit that [exposure to damages] because otherwise, they'd be facing claims for years from this kind of event," he said.

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