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Here's Why You Need An Admiralty Attorney!

Law school teaches you broad concepts and fundamental theories as well providing some tools of the trade. With a law degree in hand and a few years of experience under your belt, I'd wager most ...
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Five Warning Flags To Look For In Your Maritime Contract

Oh shoot, you think, why not just a handshake? The deal is closed and now they want me to sign a contract? Kids to pick up, meetings to make, bankers waiting and you figure you'll just sign and if ...
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Like The Coast Guard, Newport, RI Maritime Attorney Is Always Contactable

Newport Rhode Island maritime lawyer John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is always contactable. Case in point, reached over a holiday weekend, John was able to muster his office's resources to prepare and ...
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Suing the Coast Guard

What? What's wrong with you, why 'd you want to sue them guys? And that's the kind of question you ask when you're sipping an IPA on the living room sofa blessed with a belly full of ...
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Sailing the Criminal Waters

As I'm apt to say, the maritime law is full of interesting barnacles that tend to keep me awake and alert. Most of what I write and talk about concerns the civil side of the maritime law, but lest ...
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How to Lose a Salvage Award

A recent salvage case illustrates that all the pieces of the salvage puzzle have to fit together in order to qualify for an award. If you have any sea time, you could probably come up with the ...
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This Legal Document Can Be as Dangerous as a Loaded Handgun

What's three pages in length, can be served on anyone in the United States and walks around with the power of the federal judiciary? Oh, and attorneys can shoot them out like bullets? Why, a ...
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Rhode Island Maritime Attorney Fulweiler Gets Book Reviewed by SOUNDINGS

BREAKING, Newport, RI --- A principal of Fulweiler llc and Proctor-in-Admiralty John K. Fulweiler, Esq.'s book titled "A SWIM: The Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown" received a review ...
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Why Crew Need to Remain Wards of the Admiralty Court

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, crewmembers are and must remain wards of the admiralty Court. I've read a few things lately urging a change of course on this point and that's flat-out ...
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Will Salvage Award Flow From Newport, RI Sailing Vessel Running Aground In Maine?

Helped a yacht that's run aground? Given directions via the V.H.F. Marine Radio to a boater in distress in thick fog? Towed a boat with a mechanical issue into harbor? All of these instances might ...
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Coast Guard Proposes Change To PFD Classifications

Ever been confused by the codes used to refer to different types of personal flotation devices ("PFD")? You know, the Type I, II and III PFD language that's thrown around in various ...
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Soundings Reports Lawyer Bringing Admiralty Law Into Wind Farm Debate

Maritime Attorneys Credited As First To Bring Admiralty Into Wind Litigation BREAKING : Newport, RI / August 12, 2013: Maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler, Esq.'s litigation efforts received ...
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Boating Tips From A Boating Attorney

When it comes to the maritime law, there seems to be a lot of attorneys who open their desk drawer and put on a captain's hat. That is, at Fulweiler llc we don't need to wear a captain's ...
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What You Don't Know About Boat Collisions

A collision between a boat and a barge. The maritime law has a word for the Hudson tragedy - an allision. An allision is a collision between a moving vessel and a stationary object such as an anchored ...
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NY Boating Accident Attorney Talks About Barge Collisions

There are numerous navigational rules and regulations relating to the lighting and marking of moored vessels. These rules and regulations explain when lighting and marking is required, and the type of ...
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Don't Do This When Hiring A Boating Accident Attorney

It’s funny, you don’t see urologists advertising for neurological patients. And mechanics don’t advertise for plumbing jobs and accountants aren’t looking to handle your house ...
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Why Your Boat Insurer Isn't Your Friend

Don't get me wrong, if you own a boat you're foolish not to have insurance. Typically marine insurance is divided between liability and hull coverage. The problem with marine insurance is that ...
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Why NOT to Hire an Admiralty Attorney

When you don't hire an admiralty attorney, you get in a jamb. When you get in a jamb, you lose money. When you lose money, you stop shining your shoes. When your shoes aren't shined, people ...
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Helped a Boat? Don't Forget Your Salvage Award.

Salvage awards encourage volunteers to spring into action and save vessel and cargo from loss to marine perils. You don't need to be a 'professional' salvor to qualify for an award; the ...
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Crew Wins Wage Claim Lawsuit

If you think you don't like class action lawsuits, try this one on for size. Before being injured, deemed unfit for service and discharged in Oman, John was a chief cook aboard a Maersk vessel. ...
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Three Things The Injured Cruise Passenger Must Remember

A cruise is a great departure from the "regular" vacation. However, just as a cruise line vacation may expose you to new and interesting experiences it will also expose you to a new legal ...
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Five Boating Laws That Make Maritime Law Unique

Summer fun can sometimes result in a recreational boating accident. A maritime personal injury, or, death while boating can result in admiralty (or "maritime" -- they're interchangeable ...
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So You Want To Sue A Cruise Line?

If you're a passenger injured aboard a cruise ship, I hope you find an admiralty attorney. Experience with auto claims, elder law, social security disability and whatever else is listed on a ...
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Three Things You Don't Know About Admiralty Jurisdiction

Us maritime lawyers often engage in pitched battles over whether a claim or contract is subject to the Court's admiralty jurisdiction. Here are three general comments on admiralty jurisdiction ...
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Admiralty Law Attorneys Get Decision From Third Circuit Court of Appeals

On May 16, 2013, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the appeal captioned In Re: Petition of Frescati Shipping Company, Ltd., as Owner of the m/t ATHOS I, et al. You can read the ...
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