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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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Food Poisoning Aboard Ship - Speak to your admiralty attorney!

Reports are rolling in of a ship off the coast of Florida with a crew largely incapcitated by food poisoning. Apparently the ship sought the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and 19 crewmembers were ...
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Admiralty Bar Loses Important Member in Death of William Tetley

Yesterday, the admiralty bar lost an interesting, hardworking and important contributor. William Tetley was an admiralty lawyer practicing in Canada, an academic, a politician and author of numerous ...
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Newport, RI Maritime Law Firm Receives Press In TradeWinds

The international shipping newspaper, TradeWinds, published admiralty attorney John K. Fulweiler's opinion piece on the criminalization of a captain abandoning ship. Titled "Going Down to the ...
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Newport, RI Admiralty & Maritime Lawyer Talks Maritime Contracts

Like a vessel's wake, a signature evidences your presence. In most commercial settings, a signature acts as an identifying mark as well as proof of consent to the terms of the document being ...
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Fistfight Doesn't Give Rise to Admiralty Jurisdiction

Nope, admiralty jurisdiction doesn't extend to a fist-fight on a dock. That's what the Second Circuit just ruled when they affirmed (meaning upheld) the trial court's decision. The facts ...
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46 U.S.C. 31301, et seq and Arresting a Vessel for Unpaid Bunker Fuel

When a ship fails to pay for fuel oil and marine gas oil, the supplier typically has a maritime lien against the ship. That is, instead of chasing the company that made the purchase, the ship itself ...
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Jones Act Injury Claim For Stress Related Injury

Baseball analogies seem right this time of year and so here it goes (in the voice of the Yankee's announcer, John Sterling, please): "And the 11th Circuit goes Boom! It is high, it is far and ...
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Experienced RI Maritime Lawyer Talks RI Yacht Club Fire

Marina and yacht club fires are violent, usually swept into big blazes by the fast and hot burning fiberglass of nearby vessels spurred on by coastal breezes. I've been involved in a number of ...
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This Supreme Court Decision Helps Maritime Claimants

Claimants are sometimes prevented from having their claims decided by a jury through the use of a procedural device called "summary judgment." Under certain circumstances, a court can decide ...
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Rhode Island Maritime Injuries

Injured at sea or on a boat? The laws governing maritime injuries are complicated and require the experience of a seasoned lawyer to safely navigate. Your status (i.e., crew, passenger, researcher, ...
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RI Maritime Attorney - Maintenance & Cure Payments

"This is in keeping with the traditional solicitude for the 'poor, friendless and improvident' seaman" is how the U.S. District Court in Hawaii in Barnes v. Sea Hawaii Rafting, LLC, ...
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Rhode Island Jones Act Lawyer Urges Crew To Protect Their Claims

Rhode Island Jones Act lawyer, John K. Fulweiler is a licensed captain. Before becoming an attorney (and even during law school) John worked commercially and actually was a Jones Act crewmember. ...
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41 USC 30104 or 41 U.S. Code § 30104 - Jones Act Attorney Explains

East Coast maritime lawyer John K. Fulweiler (a Proctor-in-Admiralty) represents injured crewmembers in pursuing Jones Act claims along with other available maritime remedies. Personal injury to or ...
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New England Admiralty Attorney's Book Reviewed in WindCheck Magazine

Newport, R.I.: Proctor-in-Admiralty John K. Fulweiler is well known for practicing maritime law on the East and Gulf Coasts. Whether seeking class action status on behalf of recreational boaters or ...
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Going Down to the Sea, but Not with the Ship!

The lore of a captain going down with the ship is well known, but what's the legal consequence? Are civil, criminal or professional penalties meted out to the ship's master who scoots clear ...
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Admiralty Lawyer Speaks to National Association of Marine Surveyors

East Coast admiralty lawyer, John K. Fulweiler, spoke at the National Association of Marine Surveyor's Northeast Region meeting today. He received a warm welcome from the gathered yacht surveyors ...
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Words Are Important In Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Lawsuit

What you say in a maritime lawsuit is important. Nay, what you say anytime is important. Words are your primary tool for conveying your emotions, positions and beliefs. Yea, I know body language ...
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Maritime Injury Lawyer John Fulweiler to Teach RWU Maritime Law Course

Admiralty attorney John K. Fulweiler was asked to teach a maritime law course at Roger Williams Law School during the summer of 2014. Honored to receive the invitation, John has agreed to do so and is ...
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Boat Lawyer Explains Possible Remedies for A Defective Boat - "The Floating Lemon"

Full keel or maybe a catamaran. Ketch, sloop, schooner or center console. Old, new, used, fresh water only. Months, nay, years pass. You convinced your spouse and maybe a bank. The edge of spring ...
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