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Marward Shipping Co. Ltd. v. Jordan National Lines For Ship Operations Ltd.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


April 3, 2009

MARWARD SHIPPING CO. LTD., PLAINTIFF,
v.
JORDAN NATIONAL LINES FOR SHIP OPERATIONS LTD., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cedarbaum, J.

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Marward Shipping Co. Ltd. ("Marward") commenced this action on October 29, 2008, seeking issuance of a Process of Maritime Attachment and Garnishment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. Sup. R. B. At a conference on November 24, 2008, Jordan National's attorney appeared and represented that he would accept service on behalf of his client. Jordan National's attorney again appeared at a conference on March 31, 2009, and filed a Notice of Appearance on April 1. In the interim, Jordan National registered with the New York Department of State on March 17, and appointed an agent for service of process.

In STX Panocean (UK) Co., Ltd., v. Glory Wealth Shipping Pte Ltd., No. 08-6131-cv, 2009 WL 704722 (2d Cir. March 19, 2009), the Second Circuit held that if a defendant has registered with the New York Department of State and appointed an agent for service of process, it is "found within the district" for the purposes of Rule B. Id., Slip Op. at 10-11.

Jordan National is "found within the district." It has appeared in this action through counsel, registered with the Department of State, and appointed an agent for service of process. Because Jordan National is subject to personal jurisdiction in this district, there is no need obtain quasi in rem jurisdiction through an attachment.

Marward argues that an attachment may still issue because Jordan was not found at the time the Verified Complaint was filed. I do not reach this issue because it would be futile to issue an attachment when Jordan National would be entitled to have that attachment vacated under the holding of STX Panocean. Marward's motion is therefore denied.

SO ORDERED.

MIRIAM GOLDMAN CEDARBAUM United States District Judge

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