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All That Floats is Not A Boat: Eastern District of Louisiana Jettisons Fifth Circuit’s Holmes Decision, Rules That Quarter Barge...

The three men in the tub will no longer have recourse to the federal courts’ admiralty jurisdiction, at least not in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In Martin v. Fab-Con, Inc., 2014 WL 1246073 (E.D. La. Mar. 24, 2014) – a...more

The Removal of the Ancient Mariner - Reprising a Sea-Change in Admiralty Law

As originally discussed in a recent post on Striding the Quarterdeck (December 9, 2013), amendments to 28 U.S.C. §1441 have effected a sea-change in admiralty procedure by ostensibly allowing removal of general maritime law...more

Ship’s Navigator Sentenced To Four Years For Criminal Negligence

A B.C. ship’s navigator has been sentenced to four years after he was convicted of criminal negligence causing death for dereliction of duty leading to his ship colliding with an island....more

Working Hard Or Hardly Working? The Definition Of “Rest” And Towing Vessel Work-Hour Limitations

An often contentious issue in maritime litigation involving both personal injury and property damage is whether the wheelman in charge of a towing vessel that exceeds 26' violated the so-called “twelve-hour rule.” According...more

I’ll Take “Not A Vessel” for $600, Alex: What Is A Tension Leg Platform?

In the wake of the revisited tests of vessel status by the Supreme Court in Stewart vs. Dutra Construction Company, 543 U.S. 481 (2005) and Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Fla., 133 S.Ct. 735 (2013), it remains to be seen...more

Impact of NSW Workers Compensation Changes on the Maritime Sector

Changes to the NSW workers compensation insurance scheme have just been passed which substantially restrict the range and reduce the level of compensation available to injured workers in NSW. The changes are not only...more

Weekly Law Resume - May 19, 2011: Torts - Ship Owner Has No Duty to Warn Maritime Contractor Employees of Asbestos-Related Hazards...

Alan Bartholomew v. SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. Court of Appeal, First District (March 16, 2011) Alan Bartholomew was employed between 1977 and 1980 as a marine machinist at West Winds, a maritime ship repair contractor. He...more

Louisiana Maritime Attorney Comments on Jones Act Arbitration

The Terrebonne and Harrington decisions indicate that the courts are inclined to enforce arbitration clauses in agreements between seamen and their employers under circumstances where the agreement is not part of the...more

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