Offshore oil rig with construction, girders, and crane
By: Contributor on April 19, 2017

Due to the ever-changing nature of the maritime industry and the number of different ways in which workers’ rights have been upheld over the years, the Jones Act has a long history of what’s known as “interpretive rulings”. Interpretive rulings, generally defined as “a rule issued by an administrati …

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By: Contributor on April 5, 2017

Even though we like to think of ourselves as experts on maritime law here at O’Bryan Law, we have to admit we understand that not everyone is going to know as much about it as we do. Known by many names and comprised of many different laws, general American maritime law has a fairly long, complicate …

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Railroad worker fixing railroad ties on railroad track
By: Contributor on March 22, 2017

Much like how the Jones Act and Jones Act attorneys protect American seamen and shipworkers from being exploited by their employers, injured railroad workers have legal protections in place to keep them protected in the event of injury or disability. One of these protections recently came under fire …

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Coast Guard vessel making sharp turn on ocean
By: Contributor on March 8, 2017

Any maritime worker who spends enough time in international waters knows that piracy remains a real and dangerous threat to shipworkers and the maritime industry as a whole. Far removed from the cartoon image of drunken, peglegged captains with hook hands and squawking parrots, real-life pirates are …

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shipping containers waiting on dock
By: Contributor on February 8, 2017

The Jones Act is absolutely the backbone of both American maritime law, and the American shipping & shipbuilding industries. Nearly every aspect of American maritime law is affected by the Jones Act, from requiring American vessels to be used to transport goods within American waters, to requiri …

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Street in Cuba with vintage cards in front of government building
By: Contributor on January 18, 2017

For years, Cuba has been something of a dream to would-be travelers. Years of heavy sanctions and restrictions on travel and trade made traveling to (or doing business with, in the case of the maritime industry) Cuba an unfulfilled wish, stuck behind embargoes and blockades over the past 50 some odd …

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Judge's gavel and legal scales on table in law library
By: Contributor on January 4, 2017

Offshore injuries can happen on any body of water, anywhere in the United States. From the Great Lakes to the shores of the Pacific and everywhere in between, if you’re injured on the water, American maritime law provides a number of different ways to seek justice and financial compensation for your …

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judge's gavel on pile of hundred dollar bills for bankruptcy court
By: Contributor on December 21, 2016

Bankruptcy can affect businesses in any industry, and maritime corporations are no exception to this rule. Take the massive South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping Co. for example. Over the past few months, Hanjin has been filing for bankruptcy. Due to the company’s massive position in the Ame …

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old ship sailing bell on deck of a large boat
By: Contributor on December 7, 2016

  While we will travel all over the United States for our clients, O’Bryan Law is proudly based in Michigan. And up here in the Mitten state, we’ve seen our share of maritime accidents and tragic losses on the Great Lakes, but perhaps none have been as historically meaningful as the Edmund Fitz …

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