Admirality & Maritime Law Attorney in Coral Gables, Florida

In your 27 years in the industry, what was your most fascinating case?

Miami, FL admiralty & maritime attorney Michelle Otero Valdés shares the story of the most memorable case she’s handled in her 27 years in the industry.

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my most memorable case is very easy
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because it had a lot of components i was
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asked to come in for a small luxury
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cruise line they were having a problem
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with their potted propulsion system
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it was failing
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and it was failing on several of their
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ships
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and
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that is a huge expense for a cruise line
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they had already had other council that
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had filed suit against the manufacturers
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of this system but it was clear that
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that lawsuit was not going to succeed so
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i had to step in
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and with a big team we
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turned the case around
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we
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then started having very meaningful
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discussions with the manufacturer
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and this was very important because the
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manufacturer was part of a consortium so
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there were multiple companies working
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together to create the system
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and they were no longer working together
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and so just filing a lawsuit and asking
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for a bucket of money was not going to
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fix our clients problem
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so we really worked
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very hard with the ceo of the cruise
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line
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the various operating people within the
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cruise line and the manufacturer to
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create
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a system where we got the bat band back
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together again which were the different
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separate manufacturers for this
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component
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we got them together we were able to
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have an excellent confidential
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settlement with them
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monetarily but in addition and more
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importantly to have a system in place so
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that they would continue to do whatever
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repairs were necessary
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to the system for the life of that
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cruise lines vessels

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