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A Presentation of Selected Works from Volume 38 of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal


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Larry Kiern Wins Award For His Article in the Tulane Maritime Law Journal

Larry Kiern, a partner in Winston & Strawn’s Washington, D.C. office who concentrates his practice on maritime and admiralty law, has been named a “2012 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” recipient by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. This honor is dedicated to rewarding great achievements in law, with a special emphasis on writing and reform. Only 35 authors are selected from entries submitted by the ... Read More »

First Major Rulings in the Deepwater Horizon Case

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Last week USDC Judge Barbier issued the first set of rulings in the Deepwater Horizon Case. Judge Barbier dismissed a group of the claims against BP. The claims dismissed were mostly comprised of environmental groups who were not seeking monetary damages. The journal will be following the case and frequently posting tidbits as rulings come down. TMLJ Alumni, Ian Taylor, with Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow, & ... Read More »

CSX Transportation, Inc. v. McBride

Surpreme Court of the United States

A railroad employee filed a negligence action against his employer under FELA. The employee was injured while engaging in switching the rail carts, and claimed 1) his employer required him to utilize unsafe switching equipment, and 2) his employer failed to properly train him to use the equipment. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held: the appropriate standard for establishing ... Read More »

U.S.S. Ronald Reagan to Rendezvous with Cruise Ship

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The Carnival Splendor (a 952-foot Panamanian-flagged ship carrying 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members) is currently stranded 130 miles off the coast of Mexico after losing power. The vessel lost power at approximately 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 8, 2010, following a fire in its aft engine room.  The blaze was extinguished without injury to passengers or crew. However, engineers have not been able to restore power ... Read More »

New evidence that BP and Halliburton knew of flaws in cement in Macondo well

According to a letter Thursday from Fred Bartlit, Jr., the lead investigator for a federal probe of the Gulf oil disaster, BP and Halliburton knew of potential flaws in the cement slurry used to reinforce the oil well below the Deepwater Horizon rig before it exploded on April 20, 2010. The letter, to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore ... Read More »

Russia’s United Shipbuilding may hold IPO in 2013

Russia’s state-run United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) may sell 20 to 30 percent of its shares in an initial public offering in 2013, according to USC President Roman Trotsenko. Russia accounts for approximately only 0.4 percent of global civilian shipbuilding and slightly over three percent in military shipbuilding, and USC is currently engaged in exclusively military production. However, USC has announced plans to move towards added ... Read More »

Somali pirate to be sentenced in Maersk Alabama hijacking

A Somali pirate who pleaded guilty to charges that he and three other men hijacked a U.S.-flagged vessel off the coast of Somalia and took hostage its captain. That man, Abduwali Abdukhadir, will be sentenced Today, Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Prosecutors say that Muse acted as the ringleader when he and this three cohorts seized the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama by force about 350 miles off ... Read More »