FMC judge dismisses Guam case

FMC judge dismisses Guam case

WASHINGTON - A Federal Maritime Commission administrative judge has ruled that the government of Guam is not entitled to reparations in a 15-year-old rate complaint against two U.S. carriers.

The commission ruled in 1998 that Sea-Land Services and APL had made unreasonable rate increases for certain commodities shipped to Guam in 1988; ruled that the island's government could seek reparations, and remanded the case to resolved by the administrative law procedure.

Administrative Judge Frederick M. Dolan Jr. ruled on Aug. 29 that the method that Guam used to calculate the overcharges failed to demonstrate a requisite causal link between the excess revenues earned by respondents and the "just and reasonable" rate for any of the shipments."

- R.G. Edmonson