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Trade Sanctions Roundup: U.S. Closes Out 2014 with Major Actions on Cuba, Russia, and Syria

The end of 2014 has seen major developments in U.S. foreign relations and sanctions policy with broad implications for the maritime industry. On December 17, President Obama announced a paradigm shift in relations with Cuba,...more

Legislation Alters Shipping Act Treatment of Attorneys’ Fees

Late yesterday, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed S. 2444, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014....more

In 2014, Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation?

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the...more

Mainbrace - October 2014, No. 3

In This Issue: - Maritime Cybersecurity: A Growing Threat Goes Unanswered - Valuation in Maritime Chapter 11 Cases: Genco and “NAV” - Is the U.S. Prepared Legally and Operationally to Protect Its Arctic...more

Is the U.S. Prepared Legally and Operationally to Protect Its Arctic Interests?

The answer to this question is a resounding “no.” The U.S. is not prepared to protect its interests in the Arctic over the next decade. The primary legal regime that is being relied upon by all members of the Arctic...more

Infrastructure Alert

Congress returned from its April recess today and will continue deliberation on a surface transportation reauthorization. An announcement on the Water Resources Development Act reauthorization, which has been in conference...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 2014

On March 20, a proposed shipping alliance of three major shippers was approved by the Federal Maritime Commission. The P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement, consisting of Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company and CMA...more

Infrastructure Alert - April 17, 2013

Last week, President Obama released his FY2014 budget, outlining several proposals to fund new infrastructure programs. The budget proposes $40 billion for “Fix it First” projects to repair existing infrastructure, as well...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 13, 2013

President Obama called for increased infrastructure and transportation spending in last night’s State of the Union address, stressing the need to fix failing infrastructure first and utilizing public-private partnerships...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6. Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation. ...more

The Delightfully Brief, Pithy and Wholly Idiosyncratic Video Newsletter - January 2013, Vol. 1, Edition 1

A Billion Here or There - Now that the President has another four years and the budget chasm is before the country. The so-called fiscal cliff comes. Of the many ways to save money, the Congress has chosen the meat...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 3, 2013

The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion...more

The Fortnightly Delightfully Brief, Pithy And Wholly Idiosyncratic Newsletter - April 15, 2012, Volume 1, Edition 7

In This Issue: • The Banana Republic • The Tax Dance • Step Right Up! • Urgings Excerpt from "The Banana Repulic" Delightfully Brief If you are American, April 15 is the annual income tax day. In...more

Two tides are turning

Maybe two tides are turning. Piracy seem to be declining — depending on the scale one uses for calculating. One would be fatuous to think armed guards are responsible simply because another tide is turning. Some flag...more

Believers try to push TWIC through Congress

The US citizenry rejects a national identity credential. Congress tried to sneak one by as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, managed by the Transportation Security Administration. Seafarers in the US are...more

Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment: Citizenship in a State based on Residence

Section 1, Clause 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states: ”All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of...more

Section 1, Clause 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment modified Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States,...

A citizen of a State, under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America, is now also a citizen of the several States. Such citizen is recognized under international law as a...more

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