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Maritime Reflections: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
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Evaluation of TWIC Hearing held by Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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“A ship may be here today and gone tomorrow, not to return for an indefinite period, perhaps never. Assets of its owner . . . within the jurisdiction today, may be transferred elsewhere or paid off tomorrow.”...more
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded that Jones Act seamen can recover punitive damages for their employer’s willful and wanton breach of the general maritime duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, in...more
On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept the appeal of a case dealing with the duty of ship owners, under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 901, et seq.), to intervene in...more
Gross negligence is a focus of post-trial briefing orders in the BP oil spill litigation.
After weeks of testimony, and dramatic “reveals” of newly discovered evidence that had been hiding in labs for years, the Phase...more
On August 1, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment (1915, Subpart F) became effective. These standards included requirements covering...more
NOTICE OF CASE REASSIGNMENT to Judge Kimba M. Wood. Judge Leonard B. Sand is no longer assigned to the case. (pgu) (Entered: 11/29/2012)
If you own a boat in Maryland, you are at risk for a maritime lien. And if you miss published notices in the newspaper, you may not receive actual notice until no more than ten days before a scheduled auction of your boat! ...more
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On 21 June 2012, the High Court handed down its decision on a time charter performance case where the issue was whether, in circumstances where the vessel has performed within the consumption...more
In the unpublished opinion of Adams Offshore, Ltd. v. Blake Marine Group, No. 11-12753 (11th Cir. Apr. 27, 2012), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Fifth Circuit’s suggestion in Beauregard, Inc. v. Sword...more
Most contracts for the sale of goods and services contain a standard provision regarding the application of payments on overdue accounts, such as: “When more than one invoice is past due at the same time, Seller shall be...more
On February 10, 2012, Judge Sean Lane of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York denied the motion of 22 defendants in adversary proceedings filed by the Debtor, The Containership Company,...more
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
Trade & Export Middle East, January 2012
Traders who are registered to do business in the UAE, or transact with companies or people based in the UAE, should be aware of the laws that effect their establishment and how to...more
In a decision handed down on 18 April 2011, the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal (“CTTT”) of NSW has held that container detention charges are not penalties and are enforceable at law.
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Masefield AG v Amlin Corporate Member Ltd  EWCA 24 The Facts
The vessel "BUNGA MELATI DUA" was captured in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates, while carrying cargo belonging to the Claimant. Negotiations for the...more
How far does the obligation of a duty of care regarding safety onboard a ship go?
In this decision of the NSW Court of Appeal it was held that the owner and operator of a ship can be jointly liable for breach of duty of care...more
A lewd video shows that the naval service needs a refresher course in effective management. Naval commanders see themselves as exemplary leaders for Constitution or Queen and Country. We, on the other hand, are contracted to...more
On May 12, 2010, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts assessed punitive damages and attorneys' fees against a vessel owner as a result of the owner’s “callous, willful, or recalcitrant” failure...more
Resort Torts: Vacation, Resort and Recreational Liability is the publication following John Elliott Leighton's 2nd Annual Resort Tort seminar in Miami, Florida. The seminar, moderated by Brenda Shapiro, Esq., focuses on...more
Article authored by John Elliott Leighton on identifying Resort Torts -- those injuries as a result of vacation, leisure and transportation activities. Published in the South Floridfa Legal Guide in 2009....more