Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By NY Ports’ Largest Operator, Maher Terminals
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the operator of the largest marine container terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey, Maher Terminals.
Maher has operated at the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal for more than 60 years and leases a 445-acre terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The company paid about $22 million in basic rent in 2012, according to court filings.
In 2012, Maher filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Port Authority of charging it discriminatory and excessive fees for loading and unloading vessels.
In a ruling last week, a judge in Newark said the Port Authority didn’t run afoul of federal maritime laws by charging the fees, some of which were used to help pay for a harbor deepening project.
The bi-state agency oversees bridges, tunnels, airports and seaports, as well as the World Trade Center site and Port Authority Bus Terminal.
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