Negligence Per Se

Ordinarily, in a maritime case involving personal injury or property damage, the issue of liability is dependent upon whether the defendant owed a duty... More

ADA Guidelines for Passenger Vessels

The U.S. Department of Transportation will in the near future be issuing new accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered... More

The Seaman’s Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114

Enacted by Congress in 1984, the Seaman’s Protection Act was “intended to facilitate Coast Guard enforcement of maritime regulations . . . by guaranteeing... More

Need for Notice

Accidents happen.  To protect ourselves from financial disaster, virtually all of us carry liability insurance on our homes, businesses, and vehicles, as well as... More

Injured Seaman’s Duty to Mitigate His Damages

The employer of a seaman injured while serving the mission of the vessel is required to pay the seaman maintenance (and generally stated as... More

No Proof, No Law, No Punitive Damages

On February 15, 2012, Judge Brown, on the bench for the United States District Court in New Orleans, issued an interesting opinion in the... More

Vessel Status: I’ll Know It When I See It

“What is a vessel?”  It’s a simple question that should have a simple answer.  Yet for decades so called legal scholars have found the... More

Longshoreman is Injured. Who is Responsible?

Last month the First Judicial District Court of Appeal for Illinois reached its opinion in Ballard v. American Commercial Lines, Inc., et al.  The... More

OSHA Inspections

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is authorized to conduct workplace inspections and investigations... More

The Fourth Amendment Rights vs. Boarding Power of the United States Coast Guard

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,... More