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California Leading Coalition Urging EPA to Toughen Asbestos Reporting Rules

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is helping lead a coalition of 14 state attorneys demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthen the asbestos reporting rule as part of the Chemical Data Reporting Rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act. “It’s widely known that asbestos is one of the most harmful chemicals known to humankind,” said… Read More

Telemedicine Saving Lives in Alaska’s Maritime Industry

Last month, Alaska Maritime Physicians (AMP) partnered with DrChrono to connect maritime workers with improved access to care for those working on the frigid waters of Alaska. Waters in the northern Pacific and the Bering Sea are a lucrative and popular destination for commercial and recreational fishing, Alaskan commerce and the cruise ship industry. But… Read More

Forty-Six Crewmembers abandon the Commercial Fishing Vessel ALASKA JURIS as the Vessel begins to sink on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in the Bering Sea

The ALASKA JURIS, a factory trawler owned and operated by the Fishing Company of Alaska, began to sink in the Bering Sea on Tuesday, forcing the crew of 46 to don survival suits and abandon ship.  The Coast Guard says the ship had a problem in the engine room that led to flooding.  As the… Read More

Marineros Extranjeros Lesionados En Buques de EE.UU. Tienen Derechos

Marineros extranjeros lesionados en buques de bandera estadounidense o navío que extensivamente salen de los puertos estadounidenses, a menudo se les aconseja de no tomar acción legal en las cortes estadounidenses, cuando en realidad en estos tipos de casos el marinero extranjero frecuentemente tiene la protección marítima de la Ley Jones (Jones Act). La Corte… Read More

Foreign Seamen Injured On U.S. Vessels Have Legal Rights In United States Courts

Foreign seamen injured on U.S. flagged vessels or vessels operating extensively out of U.S. ports are too often dissuaded from pursuing an action in U.S. courts, when in such cases, the particular foreign seaman is often protected under the Jones Act and U.S. maritime law. The U.S. Supreme Court has articulated a two-prong test to… Read More

Top 6 Things For Seamen And Maritime Workers To Keep In Mind After Suffering An Injury

After an accident, your world can quickly turn upside down. With the stress of worrying about your injuries and your ability to work, you may inadvertently do something that can hurt your future legal case. There are actions and inactions that can impact your chances of receiving reasonable compensation for the losses caused by your… Read More

Deceased Deckhand’s Jones Act And Unseaworthiness Claims Are Revived: New Jersey Superior Court Rules Summary Judgment Inappropriate In Case Of Disputed Exposure To Asbestos On Multiple Vessels

The Superior Court of New Jersey in Latter v. 3M Company, No. L-10370-08, 2015 WL 868048 (March 3, 2015) reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment against a deceased seaman, Mr. Henry Latter. Mr. Latter died from mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure which Mr. Latter alleged occurred in part while he was… Read More

It’s Time For A Raise: Eastern District Of Louisiana Awards Maintenance Rate Of $40.00 Per Day Despite Seaman’s $23.33 Per Day In Actual Expenses

Without a showing of any fault, a shipowner under general maritime law has a duty to provide maintenance, cure, and unearned wages to a seaman who becomes ill or is injured while in the service of the ship.  Aguilar v. Standard Oil Co., 318 U.S. 724, 730-31 (1943).  “Maintenance” is traditionally defined as a “living… Read More

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