March 24, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek shipping company ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
US National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden announced on Friday that the White House is placing new sanctions on over 30 organizations and individuals with ties to Iran. The sanctions come as the US continues to negotiate with Iran regarding the future of the country's controversial ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Hanoi Supreme People's Court on Monday sentenced two top executives to death for "taking bribes." Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), and former general director Mai Van Phuc were convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to death, while eight ...[read more]
August 21, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention came into effect Tuesday. The international standards, originally adopted by the ILO in 2006, required ratification by a minimum of 30 ILO member states to come into force as international law, with the additional requirement ...[read more]
July 16, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
JURIST Guest Columnists Aura Gantz and Charles Moure of Harris & Moure, pllc argues that the recent expansion of Rule B actions by various courts serves an important purpose in regulating the international shipping industry by responding appropriately to the fleeting nature of offshore ...[read more]
March 3, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is liable to a number of Louisiana property owners for its inadequate work on a shipping channel that caused billions of dollars in damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. While USACE ...[read more]
December 26, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The Amsterdam Appeals Court on Friday upheld a 1 million euro (USD $1.3 million) fine against oil trading company Trafigura for shipping hazardous waste to the Netherlands and illegally exporting the waste to the Ivory Coast in 2006. The company chartered a ship, the Probo Koala, to deliver and ...[read more]
June 15, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 15, 2009, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez that a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city's harbor violated Article 1 § 10 clause 3, the Tonnage Clause, of the US Constitution. The city of Valdez, Alaska, imposed a tax on oil ...[read more]
January 9, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 9, 2007, the US House of Representatives voted 299-128 to pass legislation implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission remaining after the enactment of the Intelligence Reform bill in 2004. The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 provided for ...[read more]

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