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August 2018 Maritime Law Statutes of Limitations
Are maritime attorneys governed by the same statute
of limitations 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 World.
October 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.
December 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
February 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 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 .
November 2019 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
denied Jones Act coverage for injured worker on
Carnival Cruise Line ship.
Cvoro v. Carnival Cruise
Line Plaintiff-Appellant versus Carnival Corportion
December 2019 The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled on a Summary Judgment in favor of Jones Act
employee injured in the course of employment.
Appeal from District Court - remanded.
OF APPEALS 11th Circuit No. 19-10605
January 2020 Statute of limitations is a common
pitfall in cruise ship accidents involving injuries. In a
recent case, a pivotal issue for an injured cruise ship
passenger became one of venue
US District Court
February 2020 Cruise ship quarantine - About 7,000
people, including 1,000 crew, were quarantined to the
Costa Smeralda (Carnival Cruise Lines) following
suspicions of coronavirus.
Cruise Ship Virus Injury
March 2020 What is the Jones Act? This important
maritime law governs legal remedies for injured
vessel crews. What is arbitration? Those two issues
were examined in a recent case in a federal district
Jones Act Case - Maritime Arbitration
April 2020 Limitation of liability denied in lake boating
accident Missouri federal court denies limitation of
liability, a common tactic used by maritime attorneys
boating accidents (navigable waters)  
May 2020 Commercial Fishing Accidents Study
shows danger of pot fishing, which is shown to carry
greatest risks of falling overboard.  
July 2020 Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Federal
Court A recent decision brings attention to ths issue
of jurisdiction in maritime litigation.  
October 2020 Maritime law is not always about
matter in Georgia in the aftermath of a hurricane
points out difference between salvage and towing.