Maritime Law News
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Thursday, July 27, 2017 The fine print on your cruise ship ticket - in an accident, forum
selection clauses are enforceable . A recent federal case demonstrated this in a wrongful
death - survivorship action in federal court involving Carnival Cruise Line - the lawsuit also  
involved the role of third party facility - tour operator.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017  In the August issue of Long Island Boating World, Tim covers a
case that involves the legal rights of a boat captain under the Jones Act following an accident
involving his employment on a pleasure boat.  
Yacht captain's legal rights in boating accident
under Jones Act .
Thursday, October 26, 2017 In the October issue of WorkBoat magazine, Tim covers a case
that examines the legal operation of a full and final release executed in a Jones Act case
involving an injured commercial fishermen.
 Federal Court upholds release in Jones Act
injury lawsuit involving settlement of the case in a foreign jurisdiction.
Thursday, December 28, 2017 Jones Act Injury - Cruise Ship Accident - Boating Accident -
Whatever the case, Jury instructions mean a lot A boating jet ski accident proved this to be
the case in an accident that occurred on a lake in Kentucky.
Friday, February 23, 2018 Jones Act - Shoreside Maritime Worker Injury A recent federal case
examined the vessel owner's turnover duty - Tim covered this issue in a recent article in
WorkBoat magazine.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Insurance Coverage in Boating Accident If someone is injured in a
boating accident, a maritime lawyer will examine coverage under the homeowner or marine
policy. Compensation for injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages are governed by policy
coverage in litigation and arbitration of lawsuits stemming from collisions on the water.
Friday, July 27, 2018 NTSB examines evidence in passenger vessel accident The NTSB has
looked at transcripts of the Ride the Ducks passenger vessel that sank with a tragic loss of
17 lives in July 2018. Maritime attorneys have filed wrongful death actions involving the
accident, and will likely be following the investigations involving the vessel's seaworthiness.
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 World.
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.
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.