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...

The 2010 Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Aug 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 passsengers aboard cruise ships and passenger vessels. In 2010, the United States enacted the Cruise Vess...

Able Bodied Seaman Awarded $638,603

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Jun 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 well-settled that maritime employers are bound by a "dut[y] to avoid unseaworthiness and negligence," and that "inj...

U.S. Coast Guard Issues 2017 Light List

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Jan 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 used to safely navigate your craft from here to there. The USCG Light List comes out annually. You ca...

Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Jun 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 disposition for that work. Me? I like helping the maritime worker and the seaman in pursuit of their rig...

Keeping Up With Piracy

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | May 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 which had been overrun by pirates when in the midst of an engagement with NATO forces he was killed...

5th Circuit Wrestles with a Maritime Lien

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Apr 05, 2016 | 0 Comments

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" applies to any disputes. A recent decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals held that in a particular di...

First Responder Immunity & the DEEPWATER HORIZON

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Feb 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 pages of legal decision, the Court addressed the corporate defendants' argument that they shou...

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