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Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

If in Doubt, File the Complaint for Limitation of Liability

One of the recurring issues in handling maritime wrongful death and personal injury claims is determining what information is sufficient to start the vessel owner’s six-month deadline to file a complaint seeking...more

Middle East Newsletter - Issue 4 - Summer 2011

In this issue: New Maritime Law Awaited; Increased Private Sector Involvement in Dubai Water and Electricity Sector; Pro Bono initiative: Women’s Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination...more

[TWIC] Identity Card is US Maritime Hobgoblin

The identity card for US transportation workers has been an expensive disaster in technical and civil liberty terms, and has brought no discernible security benefits. The hobgoblin of little minds lies in dull and mindless...more

Hamrick v. United States, et al, U.S. District Court for DC, Case No. 10-857-JDB, Amended Admiralty/RICO Act Complaint

Admiralty/RICO Act Case for Second Amendment Rights of U.S. Seamen

Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in intrastate, interstate, and maritime travel from a U.S. merchant seaman's point of view. Case started as a simple judicial review of the U.S. Coast Guard's Final Agency Action...more

Rule by Bureaucracy Is not Always by Right

A complex legal case involving a ship engineer seeking refuge highlights the problems of interpreting maritime and human rights law....more

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