Analysis: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against Awarding Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Claims

Reese B. Mitchell - On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled mariners’ unseaworthiness claims are ineligible for punitive damages. The Dutra Grp. v. Batterton, No. 18-266, 2019 WL 2570621 (U.S. June 24, 2019). In a 6-3 ruling, Justice Alito’s authored decision reversed the Ninth Circuit’s practice of granting punitive damages in claims based on … [Read more...]

Blank Rome Named Best Admiralty and Maritime Law Firm

NEW YORK-- US News and World report has released the results for 2013 “Best Law Firm”, naming Blank Rome LLP as the top firm for Admiralty and Maritime Law. “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of … [Read more...]

Update On Deepwater Horizon Tort Cases – Interview With Maritime Lawyer Steve Gordon

The following video is first in a series of interviews I did with Deepwater Horizon survivors and people intimately involved in the ongoing incident investigations. Steve Gordon is an Offshore Injury Lawyer representing the family of Karl Kleppinger, a victim of the incident, and ten injured rig workers including Douglas Brown whose interests he represented as a party of … [Read more...]

Maritime Law – Law of General Average

The law of general average is a legal principle of maritime law according to which all parties in a sea venture proportionally share any losses resulting from a voluntary sacrifice of part of the ship or cargo to save the whole in an emergency.In the exigencies of hazards faced at sea, crewmembers often have precious little time in which to determine precisely whose cargo they … [Read more...]

Maritime Arbitration – Avoid the Admiralty Lawyer Fees

Our favorite new industry blog brings us news of a new way to avoid the courts and reduce Admiralty Lawyers fees with Maritime Arbitration. They tell us: Good news for the Shipping companies in the USA.Settlement of marine disputes through courts is a cumbersome process. THE MARITIME ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES (MAA) is the national … [Read more...]