November 23, 2017

Sovereign Immunity, Part I

Imagine you own a company that ships products internationally. You regularly negotiate contracts with exporters, either those who are seeking to ship products into the United […]
November 14, 2017

Maritime Contracts

The American Civil court system is comprised of two separate systems – the federal court system and state court system. The state court system is considered […]
November 9, 2017


An important aspect of conducting business with any party in any jurisdiction is the ability to enforce the terms of the agreement. It is highly risky […]
November 3, 2017

Refugee Clause Costs, Part II

Part I of the discussion regarding the Refugee Clause, wherein a ship that finds refugees in peril is obligated to rescue the distressed refugees, discussed a […]
October 27, 2017

Refugee Clause Costs, Part 1

Consider the following common scenario: Numerous members of a family or community in a developing country band together for the purpose of leaving that country. They […]
October 20, 2017

Implied Warranties

A man walks into a high-end boutique store and purchases a watch. Due to the high cost of the watch, the watch manufacturer offers all those […]
October 6, 2017

Guns on the Open Water

News reports of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas have definitely triggered the renewal of the gun control debate. Those supporting gun control measures will point […]
September 29, 2017

New Rules for Cargo Carriers

Transporting cargo across the sea is big business. As a result, a number of members of the United Nations have proposed revised rules to streamline the […]
September 22, 2017

Liability Legislation

The energy industry is huge. In particular, the oil sector is one of the largest in the world, with an estimated 82 million barrels of oil […]
September 11, 2017

Maritime Piracy

A ship is like an island. When a ship is out at sea, there are limitations with respect to protecting the ship. There are often few […]