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May 10th, 2017

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun will be participating in North Star Insurance Services’ F/V DESTINATION Memorial Golf Tournament on May 15, 2017.  NBF is proud to support this golf tournament and North Star’s silent auction, which will benefit the F/V DESTINATION fund.

May 7th, 2017

NBF attorneys Pegeen Mulhern and Shannon Trivett will be attending the Annual General Meeting of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA in Long Beach, California on May 17, 2017.  NBF is a proud sponsor of this year’s conference, the theme of which is “The Future of Shipping: Innovation, Technology, and the Changing Face of the Maritime Workforce.”

May 6th, 2017

NBF attorneys Curt Feig and Larry Altenbrun recently spent a week in New York meeting with clients and updating them on developments in Washington law. Curt gave presentations  on covenant judgments in the context of reservation of rights defenses under Washington law and on Washington insurance claims handling regulations. Larry provided a presentation on developments related to the availability of punitive damages in maritime law and how these developments impact marine insurance. NBF takes pride in bringing value to our clients, often by presenting in-house educational seminars. If you are interested in setting up a seminar with attorneys from NBF, feel free to call or email any of our attorneys.

May 4th, 2017

NBF attorney Shannon Trivett served on the planning committee of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle’s 29th Annual Day of Education, a day-long continuing education seminar on May 4, 2017 for Pacific Northwest marine insurance professionals. Fellow NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll, Rivers Black, and Jeremy Jones also attended the event.

April 29th, 2017

NBF attorney Curt Feig participated as a crewmember in the 2017 Newport to Ensenada sailboat race from April 28 – 29, 2017.

April 21st, 2017

On April 21, 2017, NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern attended the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s (NMTA) sixth annual auction, which benefitted the Clean Boating Foundation and Fish Northwest.  NBF is pleased to provide its support to this event once again.

March 18th, 2017

NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern attended the Seattle Propeller Club’s Maritime Gala on March 18, 2017. Nicoll Black & Feig was a proud sponsor of this annual event, which helped support the works of Seattle Sea Scouts, Seattle Maritime Academy and Youth Maritime Training Association. 

February 7th, 2017

On March 3, 2017, Salish Seas Expeditions will be hosting a  20 Years of Discovery Seafood Bash. NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern has recently joined the board of directors of this 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation that offers  science programs to middle school and high school students throughout Puget Sound. Salish Seas’  mission is to inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking. Salish Sea Expeditions does this by offering  students in grades 5-12 a unique combination of powerful place-based learning and hands on exploration.  For more information visit their website at


We hope that you might join  Pegeen and other Salish supporters at the Seafood Bash as Salish celebrates 20 years of meaningful learning expeditions and the impact those experiences have had on students from our region and beyond. Not only will the event be an opportunity to look back on 20 years of programs, but it will also be an opportunity to share Salish’s vision for the next 20 years and learn some of the ways the organization is growing to meet the critical need for meaningful STEM and maritime education.


One very exciting announcement is Salish’s recent purchase of the Elettra III,  an 85-foot steel hulled motor vessel originally commissioned by the Marconi Marine Company as a maritime technology demonstration vessel. Salish is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard as they re-fit the Elettra III to be licensed as a USCG Subchapter T Small Passenger Vessel. In addition to updating the vessel for compliance and safety, Salish is outfitting the vessel with the highest quality scientific and educational instrumentation, creating fully-networked classroom and lab spaces, and deployment arrangements.  This vessel will be an important platform for marine science and maritime training in Puget Sound.


The details on the Seafood Bash are as follows:


When: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Where: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

            860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109

Tickets: $150 ($70 tax-deductible)


If you would like to join the celebration please  contact Pegeen Mulhern at

January 27th, 2017

NBF hosted its 9th annual Mardi Gras Party at the J&M Cafe in Seattle on January 26, 2017 in conjunction with the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (MIAS) week of activities. The event was exceedingly well attended and fun.

January 13th, 2017

NBF is pleased to announce an important victory for its client in an intellectual property matter. In Hempton v. Pond5, Inc., No. 3:15-CV-05696-BJR, 2016 WL 6217113 (W.D. Wash. Oct. 25, 2016), reconsideration denied, No. 3:15-CV-05696-BJR, 2017 WL 132453 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 13, 2017), plaintiff Gordon Hempton sued Pond5, Inc. for copyright infringement. Pond5 operates a website that allows artists and other media owners to upload digital media such as video, images, music and sound effects, and customers to download the media by purchasing a license that allows its use. Hempton, a nature sound recordist, alleged that his work was stolen and illegally uploaded to the Pond5 website. He alleged that Pond5 was liable for copyright violation for hosting the material on its website and issuing licenses to it. He claimed that he had sustained significant damages. He filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.


NBF attorneys Larry Altenbrun and Curt Feig defended the lawsuit on behalf of Pond5. They filed a motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DCMA”), which creates certain safe harbors for service providers who satisfy certain statutory requirements, including the removal of infringing content upon notice. In a detailed decision from Judge Rothstein, the court granted Pond5’s motion and held that it was entitled to protections under the DMCA. The decision includes important discussions about several elements of the DMCA safe harbor defense.


The Hempton v. Pond5 matter is another successful example of Nicoll Black & Feig’s growing intellectual property practice. We are regularly appointed, by companies and their insurers, to defend companies and individuals accused of various intellectual property violations.