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Manatee Towing Co. and Coastal Tug & Barge Inc. -v- Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. And Laura Maritime Inc.; Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. And Laura Maritime Inc. -v- Manatee Towing Co. Coastal Tug & Barge Inc. And McQuilling Brokerage Partners Inc.; Manatee Towing Co.

4th Mar 1999

[1999] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 876

Tim Kenefick – Practice – Discovery – Jurisdiction – Negotiations for sale of tanker conducted with help of plaintiffs’ brokers – Dispute as to whether contract of sale resulted – Defendants counterclaimed against brokers – Brokers applied for discovery from plaintiffs of documents relating to vessel’s condition at time of alleged sale – Whether Court had jurisdiction to order such discovery against plaintiffs at the behest of the brokers.

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