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C. Davis Quoted in The Maritime Executive Article Regarding Sea Shepherd Claims and Requested Injunction

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Lane Powell Shareholder Claire Loebs Davis was quoted in a May 27 The Maritime Executive article titled “Whaling: Sea Shepherd Seeks U.S. Injunction.” The article discussed recent claims and the request for an injunction filed by Lane Powell on behalf of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The claims were filed against Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) and seek a declaration that ICR’s whaling in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica is illegal under international law. The injunction was requested in hopes of preventing ICR from continuing its illegal whaling, and to bar it from continuing to use what Sea Shepherd considers to be violent and dangerous actions to protect ICR’s illegal activities from volunteer activists defending the whales. The case is Sea Shepherd Conservation Society v. The Institute of Cetacean Research et al., and Davis serves as lead counsel in the matter.

“Sea Shepherd intends to defend the whales in court just as it has done at sea,” said Sea Shepherd attorney Claire Loebs Davis, a partner at Seattle-based Lane Powell PC. “Although Sea Shepherd maintains that the U.S. federal courts do not have the jurisdiction to intervene in disputes occurring on the high seas on the other side of the globe, once the courts are involved, they must take into account that ICR is engaged in activity that is illegal under international law, and is using violent and aggressive measures to protect that illegal activity.”