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Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform...more

Federal Court Rules That the Ship Mortgage Act Preempts State Law Protecting Permits From Becoming Security Interest

by Lane Powell PC on

Last month, in Bank of the Pacific v. F/V ZOEA, 2017 WL 823298, Case No. 3:15-cv-05758-RSL, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the federal Ship Mortgage Act, 46 U.S.C. §§ 31321...more

Hydrocarbons Win One and Lose One in Battles With Crawfish

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In re: Louisiana Crawfish Producers arises out of the collision between two of Louisiana’s favored enterprises: crawfish and hydrocarbons....more

Project MARTHA, Crew Fatigue and the Implications for a Vessel’s “Seaworthiness”

by Reed Smith on

In January of this year the findings of “Project MARTHA”, a three year study into the causes and effects of crew fatigue, were released – along with proposals as to how best to mitigate against the risks posed by crew...more

The Wandering Rocks – Recent Fifth Circuit Jurisprudence On Offshore Indemnity

by Baker Donelson on

A pair of recent Fifth Circuit cases, In Re Larry Doiron, Inc., 849 F.3d 602 (5th Cir. Feb. 23, 2017, rev’d Mar. 7, 2017) and Richard v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., No. 16-30216 — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 835187 (5th Cir. Mar. 2, 2017)...more

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine

by Cozen O'Connor on

Furie Operating Alaska, LLC (formerly Escopeta Oil Company, LLC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly filed a Stipulation of Dismissal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on March 24, 2017,...more

DOJ Raids Maritime Industry Meeting and Serves CEOs with Subpoenas

Media outlets have reported that the U.S. Department of Justice raided the maritime industry’s “Box Club” meeting, which is more formally known as the meeting of the International Council of Containership Operators. Box Club...more

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Denies Petition To Transfer Structured Settlement Involving LHWCA

by Carlton Fields on

Relying on Federal Court precedent, a Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court resolved whether the plain language of Section 916 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) prohibits the assignment of...more

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

EU Threatens to Bring Shipping Within Its Emissions Trading Scheme Unless the IMO Sets a Target for Reduction of Greenhouse Gas...

by Reed Smith on

Last week the top EU climate official, Jos Delbeke, issued a challenge to the International Maritime Organization (the IMO) to adopt an ambitious target for reduction of emissions as part of the IMO’s planned 2018 strategy on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

Mainbrace: March 2017 (No. 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

What’s different about “change” in 2017? It certainly seems that we need to redefine what we mean when we consider the term itself. Shipping historically has been a conservative industry, but its adaptability over the...more

Washington Supreme Court Holds That Punitive Damages May Be Awarded to a Seaman Under a General Maritime Law Unseaworthiness Claim

by Lane Powell PC on

On March 9, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming the types of damages available to a plaintiff under a general maritime unseaworthiness claim, specifically determining that punitive damages are...more

Cabotage Or Sabotage? Controversial Proposal By CBP To Reverse Course On Decades-Old Policy Regarding Foreign Flag Vessels In Gulf...

by Baker Donelson on

In a sweeping move that has been widely and vociferously praised by supporters and passionately decried by opponents, the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP) on the second-to-last day of the Obama administration’s tenure,...more

Takeaways from the 2017 Annual Longshore Conference

The 2017 Annual Longshore Conference was held last week at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans. The annual conference, which is presented by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in conjunction with the U.S....more

Ballast Water Management: Latest Developments

by Blank Rome LLP on

Maritime Executive - Ballast water management has been one of the most challenging and oftentimes frustrating regulatory issues of the past decade. The principal reason is that the international regime under the...more

Incident Notification & Investigations

by Baker Donelson on

Following on this week’s series regarding the new batch of four USCG-BSEE MOUs, this post will discuss the third, concerning incident reporting. Hand in glove with the civil penalties and SEMS/SMS MOUs (the latter to be...more

New LMAA Terms Coming into Effect 1 May 2017

by Reed Smith on

The LMAA has published new Terms and Procedures which will apply to arbitration proceedings commenced on or after 1 May 2017. Key differences between the LMAA 2017 terms and the previous (2012) version are: Specific...more

The New LMAA Terms 2017

by Reed Smith on

The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) has published a set of new terms, the LMAA Terms 2017, which are due to come into effect for appointments on or after 1 May 2017. They seek to improve the time and...more

Bridging the Gap: AMLC Launches Government Relations Initiative to Further Practice Area Understanding between Private and...

by Blank Rome LLP on

The scenario is a familiar one to lawyers practicing in maritime and admiralty law – a frantic middle-of-the-night call, a shipboard emergency, and your client looking to you for answers in a high-stakes scenario which could...more

U.S. District Court Finds U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously When Denying Oil...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: In December 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center (“NPFC”) wrongfully denied a reimbursement claim by the Water Quality...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Zone of Danger Test Does Not Apply to Award of LHWCA Benefits

by Lane Powell PC on

In January, a panel of the Fourth Circuit considered whether the “zone of danger” test outlined by the U.S. Supreme Court in Consolidated Rail Corp. v. Gottshall, 512 U.S. 532 (1994) is applicable to a longshoreman’s claim...more

EPA's Focus on Boatyards and Marinas Continues

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Earlier this year, EPA Region 1 identified shipyards/boatyards and marinas as the continuing focus of the Agency’s Clean Air Act regulatory compliance and enforcement efforts. Storm water compliance is also a continuing...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Use of Special Jury Interrogatory on Whether an Accident Occurred

In defending personal injury claims, defendants frequently have to deal with jury interrogatories that infer the plaintiff actually experienced an incident that caused or contributed to his complaints, despite there being a...more

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