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Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer’s Maritime Update is an e-newsletter authored by attorney Bill Schwartz, which provides discussions on the latest in maritime-related decisions and legislative developments.

14 May 2020

Maritime Update: The Current Status in COVID-19 Maritime Litigation

The Current Status in COVID-19 Maritime Litigation A Texas woman filed a lawsuit against Princess Cruise Lines alleging negligence in the death of her husband, who she says contracted and died from COVID-19 while on a cruise aboard the Grand…

1 Apr 2020

Maritime Update: Another O.W. Bunker Case With No Lien Allowed Due

ING Bank N.V. v. Bomin Bunker Oil Corporation No. 19-30418 decided March 24, 2020 Bomin Bunker Oil Corporation asserted an in rem claim for a maritime lien against the Bulk Finland M/V (“the Vessel”), a ship to which it supplied…

31 Mar 2020

Maritime Update: Supreme Court Holds That “Safe-Berth” Clause is Warranty of Safety

Holding: “Safe-Berth” Clause is Warranty of Safety On March 30, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of CITGO ASPHALT REFINING COMPANY, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. FRESCATI SHIPPING COMPANY, LTD held a safe-berth clause in a voyage charter is…

30 Mar 2020

Maritime Update: Control Technician Covered by Longshore Act

Court – Situs for Purposes of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act  (LHWCA) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of “MMR CONSTRUCTORS, INCORPORATED v DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PROGRAMS” ruled on March 26, 2020 that…

24 Mar 2020

Maritime Update: Jones Act Status Denied to Offshore Welder

On March 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied Jones Act seaman status to an offshore worker in the case of GILBERT SANCHEZ v. SMART FABRICATORS OF TEXAS, L.L.C. While the case does not create a…

4 Feb 2020

Maritime Update: Moored Casino is Not a Vessel

As previously reported in our July 31, 2019 and November 6, 2019 Maritime Update’s, the Louisiana Supreme Court was deciding whether a permanently moored casino vessel is a “vessel” under general maritime law. On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court…

21 Nov 2019

Maritime Update: 5th Circuit Adjusts Doiron Test for Mixed-Services Contracts

On November 11, 2019, the Fifth Circuit gave further guidance on how to apply the Doiron test determining if a contract is maritime in the mixed-services contract setting. In the decision rendered in BARRIOS v. CENTAUR, L.L.C. v. RIVER VENTURES,…

6 Nov 2019

Maritime Update: Louisiana Supreme Court Grants Writ in Don Caldwell, et al. v. St. Charles Gaming Co.

In our Maritime Update issued on July 31, 2019, we advised that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana found that the ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO-LAKE CHARLES, now called the GRAND PALAIS, was still a vessel for purposes of…

29 Aug 2019

Maritime Update: The Importance of Inland Waterways

A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture entitled “The Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture” has been released. The report finds that, due to its efficiencies and lower costs, the inland waterways system saves between $7 and $9…

20 Aug 2019

Maritime Update: What Constitutes Notice of a Claim Under Limitation of Liability?

Under the federal statute allowing for the filing of a limitation of liability action by a vessel owner, 46 U.S.C. § 30511(a) permits the owner of a vessel to bring such action in a United States District Court, as long…

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