Title VII and Sexual Harassment Claims

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq.) prohibits covered employees from discrimination based on race, color, sex,... More

The Maritime Lien

The August 31, 2016, bankruptcy of container shipper giant Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion.  With... More

$23 Million Punitive Damage Award Upheld by Louisiana Appellate Court

On June 29, 2016, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a jury’s award of $23 million in punitive damages to the family... More

High Water and Duties of Barge Owners and Fleeters

High water is here, and it’s going to get higher before it starts dropping.  In response the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number... More

A Case of Sexual Harassment?

Plaintiff, Valerie Russo, sued her employer, APL Marine Services, Ltd. and Captain James Londagin for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, retaliation, negligence and unseaworthiness after... More

Investigation of Marine Casualties – Rights of Parties in Interest

When a marine casualty occurs the U.S. Coast Guard is empowered to conduct an investigation to determine “as closely as possible” the cause of... More

What to Do When Your Dock is Damaged By a Ship With a Compulsory Pilot on Board

Pilotage has existed since ancient times and is as necessary and important now to commercial shipping as it was when Roman law set forth... More

Marine Safety Alerts

On October 9, 2014 the U.S. Coast Guard issued two Marine Safety Alerts that are of particular interest to barge fleeting, terminals and repair... More

Punitive Damages Not Recoverable

In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a seaman who brings a claim for personal injury against his employer pursuant to the Jones... More

Recent Development of Interest: Watervale Marine v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

In July the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in a case of first impression, considered whether the U.S. Coast Guard had... More