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Commercial Fisherman Suffers Hand Injury - Maritime Law Remedies?

A commercial fisherman was recently airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard from a boat off Gloucester, MA as a result of a reported severe hand injury. While the circumstances are unknown, the fisherman is ...
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Able Bodied Seaman Awarded $638,603

If a vessel's crewmember is injured during his employment, he may be able to bring claims under the Jones Act for negligence or under general maritime law for unseaworthiness. It's ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Random Maritime Drug Testing - What you need to know

Each year, the U.S. Coast Guard publishes a notice reporting on the results of random drug testing for the previous calendar year's MIS data and the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug ...
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Maritime Law Of Salvage . . . What it takes to make a claim

You can lose faith sometimes, but don't lose faith in the maritime law of salvage. This is an awesome area of saltwater law and it'll have the crewmember and vessel owner making money for ...
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Mr. America's Cup Meets Donald Trump - A Curious Story

If you are looking for a brief break from the world around you, navigate over to www.dennisconner.com. Yes, the famous sailor who lost and then won back the America's Cup has his own website. ...
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The 2010 Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act

When you are injured aboard a cruise ship, you may feel like you don't have any rights. That's not the case. There are numerous federal statutes and extensive maritime case law pertaining to ...
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US Coast Guard Posts Amalgamated U.S. Inland and International Navigation Rules

Today, the U.S. Coast Guard published an amalgamated version of the U.S. Inland Navigation Rules and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions as Sea, 1972. Prudent skippers know the ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Issues 2017 Light List

Want to be a prudent mariner? The trick is not relying on one navigational tool alone. That is, the chart, navigational aids and the U.S. Coast Guard's recently released Light List should all be ...
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Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114

A lot of maritime attorneys like defending the big guys. They like defending the big cruise line, the big conglomerate and the big insurer. Sure, everyone needs a defense but I don’t have the ...
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Keeping Up With Piracy

A Taiwanese citizen sued the U.S.A. for killing her husband and sinking his fishing vessel in connection with a NATO counter-piracy initiative. That is, her husband was a hostage aboard his vessel ...
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5th Circuit Wrestles with a Maritime Lien

This is a legal update from the bridge of Fulweiler llc. Lots of marine businesses include language in their maritime contracts stating "the general maritime law of the United States" ...
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Bear Trap In An Ocean Wilderness: Suing A Cruise Line

"Sue the cruise line," is what he says craning forward to chomp on something while pressing a cocktail against his chest. "Going out in weather like that. What? There's something ...
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First Responder Immunity & the DEEPWATER HORIZON

Sickened by dispersants used in the Deepwater Horizon clean-up? A February 16th ruling from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana probably just cut off your rights of recovery. In 32 ...
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Crossing the Bar: Justice Scalia and the Maritime Law

Justice Scalia. Not sure I'm a fan of his reading the Constitution in an original textual context. Scalia's approach seems to encourage the devoted to give Deuteronomy a literal read! Anyway, ...
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The EL FARO Tragedy & Seeking Justice in a Maritime Court of Law

As a maritime lawyer with some fifteen years of water under my keel and another ten or so as a licensed captain, I’m always struck with the oddity of the tyranny that is shipyard life. The ...
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46 U.S.C. § 30106 - Time Limit For Bringing Maritime Injury or Death Lawsuit

Like many things associated with the maritime law, the statute of limitations (that period of time within which you must bring your claim) for maritime personal injury and death claims is specially ...
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Diving Into Shallow Water - No Admiralty Jurisdiction Says Ficarra Ruling

Defense attorneys trying to protect an insurer's deep pockets will sometimes "remove" a case from state court to federal. This "removal" is a legal mechanism that when pulled ...
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First Circuit says: "Yes, Uberrimae Fidei is established rule of maritime law!"

In a recent decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals (essentially the federal appellate court for New England) the doctrine of Uberrimae Fidei was held to be an important part of the maritime ...
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ISM Code Amendment Could Be Beneficial to Crew (Principles of Safe Manning, ISM Code (A.1047))

If you're a crewmember aboard a vessel, new changes to the ISM Code could prove beneficial. The ISM Code is short for the International Safety Management Code. The goals of the ISM Code are many ...
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46 U.S.C. 30501 -- The Shipowners Limitation of Liability Act

If you ever need proof of the power of big money to influence legislation, there's hardly a better example than The Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act, 46 U.S.C. 30501, et seq. Conceived ...
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Rhode Island Boat Accident Lawyer

When you're injured on a boat in Rhode Island due to someone else's fault, you probably use a search engine like Google to find a boat lawyer. But be careful. Did this lawyer just put on his ...
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Newport, RI Maritime Lawyer Talks Maritime Liens

Read admiralty attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq.'s newest article in WindCheck Magazine by clicking HERE. Remember, Fulweiler llc is a maritime law firm through and through. We don't represent ...
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Admiralty Law & Wards of the Court

Crewmembers are wards of the admiralty court. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. For instance, just a few years ago the 11th Circuit (which is always knee-deep in admiralty issues) said that ...
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Maritime Arbitration: 9 U.S. Code § 5 - Appointment of arbitrators or umpire

Maritime Arbitration: 9 U.S. Code § 5 - Appointment of arbitrators or umpire Did you know that when the other side in a maritime arbitration won't appoint an arbitrator, the Court can do it ...
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Newport, RI Admiralty Lawyer Talks About Safe Berths For Ships

I sometimes envy the medical profession. For the most part, under a doctor's care you're healed or you die within a relatively short time, and the doctor moves on to his next dance partner. ...
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