- A fraudulent or unlawful activity by a captain or other ship crew members that harms the interests of the ship's owners or those owning cargo on board
- The continual rousing or inspiring of legal disputes
- The shipping company faced loss due to barratry committed by their crew.
- The attorney was accused of barratry for constantly encouraging his clients to file unnecessary lawsuits.
- Insurance policies often exclude coverage for losses caused by barratry.