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Contributory Negligence Applied To Seaman Following Orders

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A seaman who was injured after following his captain’s orders filed a lawsuit against the company he worked for seeking damages for his injury. In this case, the plaintiff sustained an injury to his ankle after the captain ordered him and another seaman to change a worn-out stern line. According to the plaintiff, they… Read More »


What Is A Maritime Lawyer?

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The law is complex, and among the most complex facets of the law lies jurisdiction. Which court has the standing to hear a case? As it turns out, this question is quite important because it establishes what rules the court will use to decide the case. For incidents that occur on the high seas,… Read More »


Remembering The SS Edmund Fitzgerald

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

One of the games lawyers play in law school is to dredge up fictional accounts or historical incidents and try them in a mock trial before an acting judge. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald is among the most famous shipwrecks in American history immortalized in lyrics and song by the great Gordon Lightfoot. So what… Read More »


Crewmembers Seriously Injured In Lifeboat Mishap

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Two crew members suffered serious injuries while performing a drill in Vancouver’s English  Bay. The crew members were aboard the lifeboat when it became unlatched from the ship and plunged into the water. The lifeboat was nearly sunk by the time rescue crews arrived. The Coast Guard rescued the crew members and described their… Read More »


Widow Files COVID-19 Lawsuit Under The Jones Act

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

The widow of a former sea captain who succumbed to the coronavirus settled a lawsuit against the ship’s operator under The Jones Act. It is among the first of its kind to reach a settlement. There is a decided lack of clarity when it comes to coronavirus litigation after several states passed legislation shielding… Read More »


Florida Filing Lawsuit Against CDC To Resume Cruises

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will file a lawsuit against the CDC to allow the cruise industry to once again operate. The cruise industry has been sidelined ever since the advent of COVID in early March of 2020. The Governor is hoping to get cruise lines treated like airlines and does not… Read More »


Bill To Overrule CDC’s Cruise Restrictions Fails In Senate

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

Florida and Alaska have joined forces to file a lawsuit against the CDC over cruise restrictions that remain in place even as the Covid vaccine is being rolled out. However, the measure was blocked by Washington Senator Patty Murray eight days after it was introduced. The CRUISE (Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements) Act… Read More »


Lawsuit Filed By Drillship Engineer After Hurricane Zeta Incident

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A former engineer for a Transocean drillship has filed a Maritime lawsuit against his company alleging that they put profits ahead of the safety of their workers. As Hurricane Zeta was bearing down on the ship, the workers failed to disconnect it from a deepwater well in time. The case was filed under The… Read More »


Lawsuits Filed Concerning Cruise Ship Crash In Puerto Rico

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

In 2019, the Norwegian cruise ship Epic crashed into a port in Puerto Rico causing serious damage. Now, everyone is suing everyone else. In this article, we’ll discuss the crash and how it happened. What Happened?  A Norwegian cruise liner crashed into the pier at San Juan causing a reported $9 million in damage…. Read More »


“Horror Unfolded” On Charleston Tour Boat

By Michael F. Guilford, P.A. |

A Charlotte man is suing the owner of a boat from which he went overboard, according to a recent lawsuit filed in North Carolina. The injured party is a man and his two-year-old daughter. According to the man, he was pushing his daughter in a stroller along the gangway when the boat inexplicably began… Read More »

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