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The CG-2692: Be Careful What You Say and How You Say It

With few exceptions, commercial vessel operators must provide immediate notification to the Coast Guard when involved in a serious marine casualty.  The criteria for... More

Expansion of the Duty to Pay Maintenance and Cure?

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (sitting in New York City), decided the case of Messier v. Bouchard Transportation, on... More

Vessel Inspection Within Limits of Discovery Order

Plaintiff was allegedly exposed to toxic gas and suffered a resultant injury while working aboard Employer’s vessel.  He filed suit against his employer under... More

Update: Petitioner Briefs for “Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach” are Online at SCOTUSBlog

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in what will undoubtedly be the year’s most important maritime opinion.  In Lozman v. City of... More

Legally a Wife But Not Legally Entitled to Benefits

The deceased, a foreign national, married his first wife and with her had four children, who are now adults.  He then moved to the... More

More on Cell Phone Use in the Maritime Industry

Making headlines recently was the multi-million dollar settlement of the death and injury claims arising out of the July 7, 2010 collision of the... More

Third Circuit Affirms Denial of Longshore Benefits

Claimant alleged that he injured his wrist and then, in a second incident, his shoulder, spine and back.  He returned to work after each... More

DOL Issues Preliminary National Average Weekly Wage Estimates for 10/01/2012

The Department of Labor issued its preliminary estimates for the National Average Weekly Wage change going into effect on October 1, 2012.  National Average... More

Clean Water Act: EPA Assesses Pollution Fines and Penalties Against South Louisiana Marine Transportation Company

$525,000 in fines and penalties was assessed recently against an area tug operator/shipyard following its guilty plea earlier this year.  Cenac Towing Co. was... More