Maritime Law News
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Monday, August 6, 2018 Maritime Law Statutes of
Limitations Are maritime attorneys governed by the
same statute of limitation in all maritime cases,
whether involving boating accidents. Jones Act
commercial mariner injuries, injured cruise ship
passengers, medical malpractice cruise ship
plaintiffs... or are there caveats? Tim covers this
issue in the current issue of Long Island Boating
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Marine Insurance Claims  If
a steering gear failure causes a boating accident, or a
failed hose causes a boat sinking at the mooring, are
these considered spontaneous events... or are they the
result of wear and tear? Tim covers this issue in the
current issue of The Ensign, the magazine of the U.S.
Power Squadron.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Admiralty Jurisdiction  In
any maritime accident or injury case arising on
navigable waters, whether it involves a boating
accident, cruise ship injuries, or an injured
commercial mariner litigating as a Jones Act seaman,
the pivotal legal issue becomes admiralty
jurisdiction. Does a court have authority to hear the
case? Tim covers this issue in the Winter 2018
edition of
Long Island Boating World.
Recent archived marine news involving admiralty jurisdiction and maritime  law
Friday, February 22, 2019 What is a Towing Vessel In
Jones Act and other maritime accident and injury cases,
issues that generally arise include whether the injured
was a crew member and the craft was a vessel. A recent
Fifth Circuit case addressed the issue of "What is a
Towing Vessel?," which Tim covered in the recent issue
of WorkBoat magazine.
May 19, 2019 Admissibility of Expert Testimony in
Boating Accidents, Jones Act Cases, and Cruise
Ship Accidents - In accident and injury cases arising
on navigable waters, the issue invariably arises as to
the materiality, relevance, and admissibility of expert
testimony. Tim covers this subject in the recent
issue of Long Island Boating World.
July 2019 In a Jones Act case, the main issue is the
commercial mariner's injuries and how they were
caused by the vessel - negligence or
unseaworthiness. What is the liability for the vessel
interests in calling 9-1-1 for emergency medical
care? Tim covers this in WorkBoat magazine.
Sept 2019 The Supreme Court recently ruled that in a
Jones Act case based on unseaworthiness, punitive
damages are not available to the plaintiff. See
Act decision re Unseaworthiness - Dutra v. Batterton .