Transportation & Energy Issues

106 ABA Journal Transportation & Energy Issues articles.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in huge bribery scandal

A Malaysian defense contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he bribed “scores” of U.S. Navy officials with millions of dollars in cash and gifts over a 10-year period.

Leonard…

BP grossly negligent in Gulf oil spill, federal judge rules; company could face $18B in penalties

BP Plc was grossly negligent concerning the massive 2010 oil spill that occurred after a deadly explosion and fire at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico,…

Prominent law firm says it knew nothing of claimed sunken treasure fraud, wasn’t counsel of record

A partner at a well-known Delaware law firm says in a court filing that he and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor knew nothing about an alleged fraud on a federal…

Captain who abandoned sinking ferry is arrested; 64 dead, hundreds missing in South Korean waters

Updated: The captain of a ferry that sank Wednesday in South Korean waters, killing at least 64 people, has been arrested.

Although specific charges against Lee Jun-seok, 69, haven’t been…

Fallout from claimed sunken treasure discovery dogs law firm

A law firm that represented two divers who claimed to have found emeralds from a sunken ship is now facing a request for sanctions because of its actions in the…

Road salt shortage provides lesson in federal admiralty law to NJ state officials

Desperate to replenish the state’s supply of road salt at the tail end of a brutal winter, New Jersey officials have arranged to purchase 40,000 tons in Maine.

But the…

For vacationers encountering trouble on cruise ships, U.S. laws may provide little help
Salvage company that lost $600M sunken ship case must pay $1M to Spain for ‘abusive litigation’

First, a Florida-based marine salvage company lost a lawsuit over $600 million of sunken treasure it found in 2007 in a Spanish vessel that was shipwrecked more than 200 years…

NJ couple OKs $1 settlement in eminent domain suit over their lost ocean view

A New Jersey couple has accepted a $1 settlement in their five-year-old lawsuit against the state over the building of a protective sand dune behind their beachfront home.

Harvey and…

Blank Rome adds to attorney roster in Houston with acquisition of Bell Ryniker maritime firm

Three years ago, Blank Rome established a foothold in the hot Houston market by hiring Joseph F. Speelman as a partner. He…

Man swims from Canada to Detroit, is found in water on way home and cited for public intoxication

Fueled by eight beers, a Canadian man admits, he didn’t use the best judgment when he swam from Windsor to Detroit on Monday night.

But, since John Morillo has to…

Striking lawyers in Italy prompt delay of Costa Concordia trial

A nationwide strike by lawyers in Italy has prompted a judge to delay the start of the high-profile trial of the captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia.

The manslaughter trial…

Attorney helps protect against shipwrecks’ plunder
Japanese trial of claimed Somali pirates raises interpretation issues

When defendants speak Arabic, Chinese, English, Hebrew, Korean, Swahili or Tagalog, interpreters in Japan’s courts are ready to help them understand and be understood.

But a lack of Somali interpreters…

What office skills lawyers should know in an emergency; America’s next hot sauce lawyer?

Be your own admin

Minnesota litigator Sybil Dunlop admits that when she first started practicing, she probably didn’t delegate enough administrative tasks to support staff. “I had a misplaced desire…

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