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Our firm’s experience encompasses a wide range of maritime issues and exposures in the following areas:  marine insurance, including coverage disputes involving lost or damaged cargo, sunken vessels, and scuba and dive liability; the defense of Jones Act and general maritime personal injury claims; cargo disputes; products liability; and policy drafting.  Our clients have included marine insurers, managing general underwriters, and vessel owners and operators, whom we have counseled on topics such as: 

Our experience and resources allow us to implement proactive and efficient claim resolution strategies resulting in outstanding results for our clients.  Based on our representation of foreign insurers in international disputes, we have developed a deep and specialized understanding of the impact of broad jurisdictional grants under international conventions on the choice of forum and the interplay between such broad jurisdictional grants and local interests.

Examples of our articles addressing the various emerging admiralty and maritime issues include:

 

"Federal Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Maritime Insurance Policy, Rejecting Reverse Preemption Claim," Kluwer Arbitration Blog (February 8, 2017)

 

"No Cover under Liner Negligence Clause Where Vessel's Sinking Caused by Lack of Due Diligence," The Maritime Advocate (January 22, 2018)

 

"Procuring a Policy of Insurance," The Maritime Advocate (November 29, 2017)

 

"No Coverage for Boating Accident Due to Breach of Operator Warranty," The Maritime Advocate (November 16, 2017) 

 

"Signal Case Turned Down," The Maritime Advocate (November 7, 2017)

 

"Direct Actions Against Insurers and U.S. Limitation of Liability," The Maritime Advocate (October 31, 2017)

 

The Insurance Implications of Navigation Limits,” SuperyachtNews (October 11, 2017)

 

"Federal Court Enforces Diveboat Limitation Exclusion in Scuba Diving Death Claim," The Maritime Advocate (October 4, 2017)

 

Understanding the Jones Act and Its Application to Injured Maritime Workers,” Marine Insight (September 11, 2017)

 

Federal Court Enforces Foreign Arbitral Award Resolving Jones Act Seaman’s Personal Injury Claim,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (August 15, 2017)

 

Tug’s H&M Insurer Must Reimburse P&I Club's Defense Payment in Bridge Allision,” The Maritime Advocate (August 3, 2017)

 

 “Federal Court Upholds P&I Club’s Coverage Determination as Valid, Binding ADR Decision,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog (July 31, 2017)

 

"Known Loss Doctrine Precludes Insurance for Hijacked Cargo Shipment," The Maritime Advocate (July 18, 2017) 

 

“Navigating Maritime Liens: Protections Afforded To The Vessel Owner,” Marine Insight (July 14, 2017)

 

“Court Finds Issues of Fact With Regard to Claim of Late Notice Under Bumbershoot Policy,” The Maritime Advocate (July 10, 2017) 

 

"Guam Federal Court Shows Deference to International Arbitration Agreement in P&I Club Rules," Tulane Maritime Law Journal (June 10, 2017) 

 

"The Duty of Procuring a Superyacht's Insurance Policy," SuperyachtNews (May 30, 2017)

 

“US Withdraws Plans To Tighten Jones Act Coastal Shipping Rules,” The Maritime Advocate (May 25, 2017)

 

"P&I Insurer’s Consent to U.S. Jurisdiction in Service of Suit Clause Does Not Override Contractual Right to Arbitrate," Kluwer Arbitration Blog (May 12, 2017)

 

“Cruise Lines Could Face Wrongful Death Damages Under New Legislation,” Marine Insight (May 9, 2017) 

 

"Examinations Under Oath Need Not Comply with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," MLA Committee on Marine Insurance and General Average Newsletter (Spring 2017)

 

"U.S. Federal Courts' Broad Jurisdiction Under the New York Convention," Kluwer Arbitration Blog (April 5, 2017)