RI Supreme Court Invalidates Civil Death Law

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Mar 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

March 2, 2022, Newport, Rhode Island: Rhode Island has a civil death statute which essentially barred a person imprisoned for life from bringing a civil action. We like fairness in this world and that doesn't seem fair. Today, the Rhode Island Supreme Court invalidated the law has violating a fu...

Marine Safety Alert - Towing Vessel Steering Issues

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Oct 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

BREAKING: Newport, RI: The U.S. Coast Guard just issued Marine Safety Alert 06-21 notifying mariners of the possibility of a hazard involving the way threads were machined that could cause vessel steering problems. This is a situation mariners should be aware of and recognize that losses or da...

New Legislation Might Help Maritime Claimants

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Sep 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

New Legislation Might Help Maritime Claimants Everyone likes harmony whether it's Kansas belting out Carry on my Wayward Son or the simple no-drama setting of shipboard unity. Sadly, the sweet harmony of similar sound isn't something you find in the maritime law. Take for example, the 1851 Lim...

Big Maritime Decision from 11th Circuit!

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | May 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Newport, Rhode Island: Big appellate decision just out from the 11th Circuit. It helps the boat owner by giving boat owners a chance to avoid the horribly difficult burdens imposed by the maritime law when it comes to marine insurance claims. The decision begins like this: This case concerns t...

Newport RI Maritime Lawyer Featured @BoatWatch.org

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Feb 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

PAN-PAN-PAN Newport, Rhode Island Maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler, a Rhode Island lawyer representing passengers and crew in maritime injury lawsuits and also representing individuals and maritime businesses in recovering money in maritime claims was featured on the BoatWatch.org website...

Maintenance & Cure

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The obligation of maintenance is triggered when a seaman is disabled while in the service of the vessel no matter the cause. It's an obligation intended and enforced to protect the "poor and friendless" sailor – hey, those are the court's words not mine! But what if the seaman returns to work? D...

A Maritime Lawyer Talks the Seaman's Protection Act

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

We used to send the newbies down the pier looking for bulkhead remover. It was a funny joke that never escalated beyond a collective laugh when the newbie returned swearing he'd looked all over and couldn't find any. Still, some shipboard situations aren't jokes and can put crew in those tough w...

From Ear to There: Common Maritime Misunderstandings

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Sep 03, 2018 | 0 Comments

Whether on the dock or on the deck, there's always a lot of knowledge floating around. You likely give what the older guys or gals say more weight and maybe that's justified. As for me, I like to know for certain. Yea there's local knowledge that's not going to be printed up anywhere, but some s...

The Maritime Deposition - A Maritime Explains

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Apr 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

I took someone's deposition a month or so ago and they made some noise about knowing about me from my articles and it got me thinking that a prudent sailor should know a thing or two about depositions. A deposition is a form of discovery. Discovery is the process before a trial where each side e...

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