Notice of Lawsuits against Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (hereinafter “the Company”) informs that it is party to the lawsuits indicated below.
1. Filing Date of Lawsuits
November 18, 2019 (U.S. local time)
2. Lawsuits Background and Content
On June 17, 2017, about 1:30 (Japan Standard Time), ACX Crystal, a containership chartered by the Company, was
involved in a collision with the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald 20 kilometers off the coast of Shimoda, Shizuoka
prefecture, Japan. Seven of the Fitzgerald’s crew members died in the incident. Bereaved family members of the
deceased (indicated in 3.(1) below) and 57 persons (crew members who claim to have been injured in the accident and
their spouses, indicated in 3.(2) below) are claiming that the Company is liable for damages to the victims of the
accident and have thus filed lawsuits for damages in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
3. Names and Addresses of People Filing Lawsuits
The lawsuits have been filed by the below individuals.
(1) Name: STEPHEN DOUGLASS and 6 others; Address: Oceanside, CA, USA, etc.
(2) Name: JHON ALCIDE and 56 others; Address: Laurelton, NY, USA, etc.
4. Content of Lawsuits
(1) Content of the lawsuits
Provided in “Lawsuits Background and Content” above.
(2) Claimed amount for damages
Total 287 million U.S. dollars, together with interest and expenses, etc.
(Breakdown) Douglass lawsuit (3. (1) above): 70 million U.S. dollars, together with interest and expenses, etc.
Alcide lawsuit (3. (2) above): 217 million U.S. dollars, together with interest and expenses, etc.