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Blog Posts in 2012

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Five Maritime Law Secrets

Maritime law has lots of things that aren't well known; secrets of sorts. In a series of blog posts we title the "Did-You-Know" series, we'll lift the deck hatches and expose the ...
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Five Ways to Get Sued

With fourteen years of legal seas under this hull, I've developed a sense as to some behaviors which I believe may invite lawsuits. These observations are personal to me and you may disagree. 1. ...
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Five Ways to Pay an Attorney

Here are five considerations you might give when it comes to attorney fee arrangements. This isn't about getting a better deal this is about trying to get a fee arrangement that best fits your ...
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The things people say to a maritime attorney!

I practice maritime law and refer to myself as a “maritime attorney” or a "boat lawyer," and why not? In a sea of lawyers, my practice evolved from having worked in the maritime ...
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RI Boating Accident Attorney

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a boat lawyer handling personal injury claims arising from both commercial and recreational boating activities in Rhode Island and on the East and Gulf Coasts. John handles ...
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Rhode Island Boat Lawyer

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a boat lawyer. He holds a United States Coast Guard license allowing him to operate boats in Rhode Island and Florida commercially. He practices boat law in various ...
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Cargo Vessel Assists Yacht In Need

Quonset Point, RI. Today, reports are filtering out of a cargo ship that recently assisted a yacht reportedly with an ill crewmember. You can see a picture of what is believed to be the cargo ship by ...
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Rhode Island Boat Attorney

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a Rhode Island boat attorney. In addition, he holds a United States Coast Guard license allowing him to operate boats commercially in Rhode Island and Florida. He practices ...
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Five Ways to Lose a Maritime Lawsuit

Maritime cases are fragile things requiring attention and encouragement. There are many ways to lose an admiralty lawsuit because the voyage from that first client meeting to a safe harbor is long ...
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Self-Help in the Maritime Law . . . a good idea?

Self-help. You hear references to this concept a lot in some circles. They're audio tapes, DVD's and online videos that promise to get you back on track, make money, lose weight, etc. But, ...
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The Hazards of Working at Sea

Quonset Point, Rhode Island. Don't let anyone tell you that working on and around the water isn't dangerous. Case in point is the recent death of a Massachusetts lobsterman. Apparently he ...
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Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim

Somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line, a court recently dismissed a maritime personal injury claim. I read court decisions because they’re sort of like Coast Guard navigation circulars. ...
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There's A New Wind Scale In Town

What with Hurricane Sandy having come knocking earlier this Fall, it occurred to me that I ought to say a few words about the National Weather Service's new hurricane scale. This new scale is ...
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The Insurance Company Just Denied My Claim!

Buying a policy of marine insurance is about hedging against risk. You're paying some money up front to limit the possibility of a downstream event that may or may not occur. The boat might never ...
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What's This About Rules and Hurricanes?

Hurricanes tend to give rise to case law and in poking around I found just such an appellate decision from earlier this year. The issue that caught my eye related to the Pennsylvania Rule. Under this ...
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John K. Fulweiler, Esq. Highlighted in the "Providence Business News"

Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The Providence Business News reported today that maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq. assumed the Chairmanship of the American Salvage Association's Membership ...
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You Won't Believe This New Waterways/Ports Funding Proposal

Okay, call us skeptical, but Senators Alexander and Graham seek bipartisan support of a new waterways funding plan that would: • Remove the requirement that Olmsted Lock and Dam be funded using ...
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That Maritime Attorney Watches What?!

I watch trials. Swing by my office sometime and I'll likely have a cross-examination or an opening statement streaming live on the flat screen. We pay a pretty penny for a subscription service ...
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The "Handy Shipping Guide" Reports on John K. Fulweiler

Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The " Handy Shipping Guide " reported today that maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq. assumed the Chairmanship of the American Salvage Association's ...
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Rhode Island Admiralty Attorney

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is a Proctor-In-Admiralty holding a United States Coast Guard license. He practices in various jurisdictions and maintains an office in the State of Rhode Island. In fact, John ...
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The Journal Of Commerce Reports on Mr. Fulweiler

Quonset Point, Rhode Island. The weekly magazine "The Journal of Commerce" reported today on maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq. having assumed the Chairmanship of the American Salvage ...
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Auctioning a Documented Vessel?

You can read here ( http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/oct/15/city-offers-abandoned-boat-to-salvage-companies/ ) about how the City of Naples, Florida is auctioning off a 34' Catamaran to willing ...
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Salvage Awards Make Sense

Nothing is more frustrating than listening to someone that doesn't know what they're talking about. Whether it's your brother-in-law waxing on about a play action when it was bootleg, or, ...
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Your Boat's Social Security Number

Let’s face it, we've all been assigned a serial number in the form of a social security number. It seems everywhere you go these days, someone's asking for your "social." Boats ...
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Hope for a Safer Fishing Industry?

September 12, 2012 --- Quonset Point, RI. Offshore fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the Nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, a new federal law, may help to ...
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