The Practical Effects of Lozman

Lindsey C. Brock III | Article

On January 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court created a new test for vessel status under general maritime law of the United States when it issued its opinion in Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida.1 This new test will have practical effects in the marine industry, as well as in the litigation of maritime causes of action. This Article and our panel will attempt to identify and discuss the nature and extent of those effects in the areas of towing, finance, and insurance industries. The goal is to begin a discussion on these issues so that the legal practitioner and the industry person are each prepared to navigate into these new waters.