Transportation & Energy Issues

106 ABA Journal Transportation & Energy Issues articles.

‘You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch’ to be sued under piracy law, says 9th Circuit

Reversing an earlier decision by a federal district court judge in Seattle, a federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit brought by Japanese whalers against a…

With billions at issue, trial begins to apportion fault for oil spill among BP, its subcontractors

A federal judge in New Orleans began hearing opening statements Monday in a trial to determine how to apportion blame between BP Plc and its subcontractors for the massive oil…

Cruise ship fires occur with ‘alarming frequency,’ maritime lawyer says

The fire that left Carnival cruise ship passengers without air conditioning and flushable toilets isn’t as unusual as some cruise lines would have you believe, according to a maritime lawyer…

Feb. 22, 1841: Amistad case opens in Supreme Court
Pinocchio is not a vessel subject to US maritime law, and neither is floating home, SCOTUS says

A floating home that can’t propel itself is not a “vessel” subject to federal maritime law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 7-2 opinion.

The ruling on Tuesday…

Top NC Court to Decide: Did Lack of $30 Fishing License Preclude $910K Award for 883-Pound Marlin?

A monster catch in a North Carolina fishing contest has turned into a major legal case for the owners of the boat on which it was caught.

The celebration aboard…

Is Floating Home a Vessel Subject to Maritime Law? Justices Consider the Issue

Justices floated hypotheticals on Monday when they considered whether a floating home is a boat subject to federal maritime law.

The Florida town of Riveria Beach maintains Fane Lozman’s home…

The Big Push: ABA Urges the Senate to Finally Ratify Law of the Sea Convention
Federal Judge Blasts US Prosecutors for ‘Unbelievably Inexcusable Behavior’ in Somali Piracy Case

Visibly angry and getting more so after learning shortly before trial that prosecutors could place a Somali piracy case defendant in international waters for only 24 to 28 minutes, a…

Long-Stalled Law of the Sea Treaty, Dubbed ‘LOST’ by Critics, Is Back Before Senate

The Law of the Sea Treaty has won ratification by more than 160 nations, but the United States isn’t one of them.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,…

Federal Appeals Court Defines Piracy on the High Seas

A federal appeals court held Wednesday that an armed attack on a U.S. vessel can be considered piracy even if no one ever boards or robs the ship.

The ruling…

Captain Who Argued re Coast Guard Order to Reboard Grounded Concordia Liner Found Unfit to Command

The captain who made international headlines after a recording of a conversation in which he argued over and apparently refused a coast guard command to reboard the grounded Costa Concordia

Tragic 100-Year-Old Shipwreck Was Titanic Failure of Government Regulation, WSJ Contributor Says

As the 100th anniversary looms of the shipwreck of the Titanic on its doomed maiden voyage—in which at least 1,500 people died after the massive ocean liner struck an iceberg…

Washed Away: As Sea Levels Rise, Island Nations Look to the Law to Fend off Extinction

The Marshall Islands—two roughly parallel chains of low-lying coral atolls that stretch across 800 miles just north of the equator—have an intensely close relationship with the Pacific Ocean that surrounds…

Constitutional Dilemma: The Power to Declare War Is Deeply Rooted in American History

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