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August 19, 2016

Governing Law of Maritime Disputes

Imagine a collision in the middle of the ocean between a cargo ship and a passenger ship. The damages are significant; the cargo ship suffers structural […]
August 12, 2016

Discrepancies in Maritime Injury Claims

A recent maritime case punctuated the discrepancy in maritime injury claims regarding when the statute of limitations starts to run. If you are hurt in a […]
August 5, 2016

Limits on Maritime Jurisdiction

Currently, international prosecutions of potential criminals are up. Much of this stems from U.S. national security goals. These extraterritorial prosecutions of terrorists, arms traffickers, and drug […]
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 […]