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July 30, 2016

Brief History of the Jones Act

The Jones Act, which set forth cabotage (coastal trade between ports) regulations, was passed as Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Named for […]
July 22, 2016

Historical Context of Maritime Law

As far back as the Greek and Roman empires, civilizations recognized the unparalleled economic gain offered by trade on the high seas. As such, they created […]
July 16, 2016

Wrongful Death on the High Seas

When one person’s negligence or misconduct causes the death of another, including murder, the surviving members of the victim’s family may sue for “wrongful death.” Wrongful […]
July 8, 2016

The Increasing Complexity of Local Maritime Boundaries

The United States and Mexico have exploited hydrocarbon resources, which is the primary component of petroleum and natural gas, from their respective offshore areas of the […]
July 1, 2016

Establishing Admiralty Jurisdiction

Often the terms “admiralty law” and “maritime law” are interchangeable. Traditionally, admiralty law covers contractual and tort disputes arising from shipping operations. The term admiralty law […]
June 24, 2016

Maritime Liens

Maritime liens are unique. They are premised on the notion that a vessel is a legal entity apart from its owner, meaning that the lien is […]
June 17, 2016

Maritime Jurisdiction

On July 3, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragically crashed on the runway in San Francisco. The plane hit a sea wall and broke apart on […]
June 10, 2016

Jones Act Consequences

The Jones Act (the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) requires that all vessels carrying cargo or passengers for hire must be built in the United States, […]
June 3, 2016

Lost Cargo

Imagine a cargo ship at sea carrying containers holding thousands or millions of dollars of merchandise. The ship is heading from an offshore manufacturer to the […]
May 27, 2016

How Safe are Cruises?

Every year millions of people take to the seas for their vacations. Cruise ships offer a wide range of vacation destinations without the necessity of planning […]