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Month: February 2023

Unseaworthy Vessels in Legal Disputes: What You Need to Know

When is a vessel unseaworthy? A vessel that fails to meet the necessary standards of safety and fitness for its intended purpose can be deemed unseaworthy. This includes not only its ability to navigate waterways safely, but also its equipment, crew, and other factors that may compromise its seaworthiness. Shipowners and employers have a legal […]
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2021 Oil Spill Threatens Southern California Coast

On October 1, 2021, a catastrophic oil spill occurred off the coast of Long Beach, California. The spill, which was caused by a failure in a pipeline managed by Beta Offshore, a subsidiary of Houston-based Amplify Energy, released a slick that spanned 13 miles. Shortly after commercial divers were hired to investigate the source of […]
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“Determining Liability in Jones Act Accidents: How Much Fault is Required for Employer Responsibility?”

Offshore and maritime workers are entitled to maintenance and cure, which covers some of the costs associated with injury and impairment. However, these benefits do not hold employers fully accountable for their negligence. The Jones Act was passed in 1920 to provide additional protection to these workers and hold negligent employers and vessel owners accountable […]
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Doyle Dennis Avery LLP Vs. Hard’s Marine Service, Ltd.

Doyle Dennis Avery LLP recently filed suit against Channelview-based Hard’s Marine Service, Ltd. The firm’s client was a Merchant Marine Seaman who worked for Hard’s Marine Service. While working, the client learned that a coworker was extremely sick. According to other colleagues, including the sick-coworker’s brother, who also worked aboard the vessel, was showing signs […]
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Centerline’s Negligence Causes Serious Injury to Doyle Dennis Avery LLP’s Client

Doyle Dennis Avery LLP recently filed suit against Centerline Logistics Corp. a/k/a Harley Marine (“Centerline”) in the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, in an action for damages in tort. On or about May 10, 2022, Doyle Dennis Avery LLP’s client, a cargo inspector and citizen of Puerto Rico, attempted to utilize […]
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