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Admiralty and Maritime
Session 1: Sanctions on Imports and Exports and Their Impact on the Shipping Industry - International trade grows more complex by the day, creating new risks for those seeking to import and export goods. Explore the current state of sanctions on imports and exports, and examine the implications this rapidly changing environment is having on the shipping industry.
Session 2: FMC Primer: The Shipping Act and Regulatory Matters - The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the federal agency tasked with regulating international ocean transportation in the U.S. foreign commerce. Review the basic jurisdiction of the FMC and potential issues involving marine terminal operators and ocean common carriers, and survey potential legislative and policy changes affecting the shipping community. more »
Drafting effective arbitration clauses is more complicated than it may appear, and the selection of what rules and procedures will apply can make or break your case. Explore the available options, and learn how to make the most of this pivotal set of provisions. more »
Session 1: Ethical Issues When Insurers Won't Fund the Defense - There's a gap between Hamel's "fully adversarial trial" requirement and Lyda Swinerton Builders' permission for insureds to "settle or litigate, at [the insured's] option." How insureds and their counsel fill that gap when insurers refuse to defend raises issues from legal creativity to outright chicanery.
Session 2: What To Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part VIII - Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. more »
Session 1: Criminal Prosecution of Pollution Cases - Hear from the experts how pollution is being investigated, and explore the implications of recent cases.
Session 2: Maintenance and Cure: Experimental and Speculative Medical Procedures - Examine the law regarding maintenance and cure, including when maintenance and cure may be owed for experimental medical procedures and long-term care. more »
Session 1: Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law at the National Level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits - The eighteenth annual installment of the seminal paper surveys developments, identifies issues of genuine national importance, and discusses items of significant interest from the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
Session 2: Judicial Perspective: Doiron and Maritime Contracts - The author of the unanimous en banc decision of the Fifth Circuit in In re Larry Doiron, Inc. discusses the difficulty with the previous test for determining whether a contract is a maritime contract, the confusion and conflict in the application of the test to contracts involving drilling and production of oil and gas on navigable waters, and the development of a simpler and more straightforward method to determine whether oilfield contracts are maritime. more »
Session 1: OW Bunker Litigation: Maritime Practitioners’ Perspectives - Examine the procedural and substantive issues involving maritime liens, and the interplay of maritime lien and bankruptcy issues from the perspective of vessel owners, physical suppliers of necessaries, and secured lenders.
Session 2: Jones Act and Cabotage Rules in the OCS - Explore how the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s January 2017 notice of its intention to reverse its Jones Act exceptions resets the playing field for OCS subsea operations. Also, review the Jones Act waivers and other new developments, including wind farms.
Session 3: Introduction to Classification Societies - Analyze the purpose and functions of classification societies in today’s world as well as the future of classification, including a review of the legal exposure of class.
Session 4: What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VII - Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. more »
Session 1: Trying Your Maritime Case in State Court - How does a maritime trial in state court differ from one in federal court? Take a short voyage to see the differences between trials in state and federal courts. Ports of call include jury selection, cross-examination, standards for admitting expert testimony, and charging the jury.
Session 2: Preserving Error and Navigating Appeals in State Court - Learn about error preservation tips and traps, getting a case into the Texas Supreme Court, and the story behind the latest Texas Supreme Court case on vessel status.
Session 3: State Law in a Maritime Case: "The Devil's Own Mess" - Discover the complexity of and approaches to the issue of when it is appropriate to apply state law in a maritime case.
Session 4: Nearly Random Thoughts on the Law and Sea - A conversation among Kenneth G. Engerrand, the audience, and Judge Hughes. more »
Session 1: Mediating the Maritime Claim When Insurance Coverage is in Dispute - Explore challenges and get suggestions for handling disputed coverage in conjunction with mediating a plaintiff’s underlying lawsuit. Examine the practical and legal perils and pitfalls of handling coverage issues in mediation by a defense lawyer hired by the insurance company under reservation of rights, the respective roles of defense lawyer/coverage counsel/insurance representative, and additional complications in educating the mediator on highly specialized insurance and maritime concepts.
Session 2: Complex Insurance Coverage and Dispute Resolution Issues - The wording in insurance policies is often underappreciated by the insured, particularly for catastrophic event coverage that is seldom called upon. But when a claim is pursued for a major incident such as the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, both specific coverage and dispute resolution provisions can become serious obstacles to the insured’s ability to collect. What should be in your clients' policies? more »
Session 1: Maritime Cybersecurity: Anticipating, Preventing and Mitigating a Growing Threat – Learn about the current threats facing the maritime industry, the consequences of a cyberattack and the measures for promoting cybersecurity awareness and mitigation.
Session 2: Rigs on Walkabout—Hurricane Breakaways! – A discussion of rig breakaway claims—including the duty to prepare rigs for hurricanes, planning and executing a response to a breakaway, the potential damage arising out of rig breakaways, a rig owner’s duties, as well as defenses and liabilities under the Wreck Act.
Session 3: An Updated Primer on Seaman’s Status – Explore the current state of—as well as potential future issues and hot spots related to—a fundamental concept of admiralty law, the seaman’s status test. Hear perspectives from both plaintiff and defense counsel.
Session 4: Piracy Prone Waters – A discussion of practical legal considerations related to responding to attacks by pirates, with a look at recent attacks including those against vessels and rigs in the Gulf of Guinea; and a reflection of sailing to Somalia as a ship’s officer after litigating a civil piracy case in Federal District Court.
Session 5: What to Do if Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part V – Real-world questions and answers regarding ethics, the law, and what your client has asked you to do—or hide. more »