Initially, Al-Arabiya mistakenly reported that the MV Maersk Tigris was US flagged. The court case is 10 years old and was dismissed in 2007. Iran then twice attempted to try the case in different courts unsuccessfully. Proceedings were then initiated in the Tehran Public Civil Court. On 18 February 2015 the Tehran Court ruled that Maersk must pay USD163,000 and Maersk accepted the ruling. Iran however, appealed the ruling seeking higher compensation (USD4 million). On or about 28 April 2015, the Tehran appeal court ruled that Maersk must pay USD3.6 million. Maersk was not provided the most recent court documents nor the opportunity to appeal before the ship was seized.
In cases like this, a ship is usually seized with court documents while anchored in port, rather than making innocent passage in international waters .