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Court Affirms FEMA’s Efforts to Implement Actions to Avoid Jeopardizing Listed Species

On October 23rd the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington upheld the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) compliance with a 2008 reasonable and prudent...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Rules that Factual Portions of Incident Report by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement...

In the new world of shared regulatory oversight between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and BSEE on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a mundane devil-in-the-details – but nonetheless vitally important question – had...more

Legal Definition Of A Vessel: That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Before S.C.O.T.U.S. — Part 2

The very question of what makes a structure a “vessel” under Section 3 of the Rules of Construction Act, 1 U.S.C. §3 is before the United States Supreme Court in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story...more

Legal Definition of a Vessel: That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Before S.C.O.T.U.S. — Part 1

A feisty dachsund and its owner, Fane Lozman, have stirred up troubled waters regarding the definition of a “vessel” in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Approximately Fifty-Seven Feet in...more

Riding the Wave: Confronting Jurisdictional and Regulatory Barriers to Ocean Energy Development

Wave energy conversion (WEC) is a burgeoning form of hydrokinetic power which takes advantage of energy carried by ocean waves to generate electricity. The global energy potential from ocean energy resources is truly...more

Poisoned Well Is a Poor Fate For Anyone

When bureaucrats decide to pile on the charges a seafarer stands little chance of justice.Bureaucracy trampled a seafarer because it could. New Zealand uses its Commission law as a barrier to justice just as effectively as...more

Hip Fracture Leads to RSD - $3,500,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict Upheld on Appeal

On July 21, 2003, George Brown had been employed as a seaman without missing a day of work for over 30 years. Working as a barge captain on a 376 foot long ocean going vessel carrying 120,000 barrels of oil, Brown fell about...more

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