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Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

, Huffman will serve as a member of Blank Rome’s Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT) to respond to pollution-related incidents and vessel casualties at a moment’s notice, and manage the potential civil and criminal consequences involved.   Admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, Huffman earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School and his B.S. from the United States Military Academy. While he was in law school, he was elected to the Order of the Barristers

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17 Keppel Employees Pay for Petrobras Bribery Case

Keppel Corp's rig-building unit has taken disciplinary action against 17 current and former employees as part of its Brazil bribery case, a U.S. court document showed, including $8.9 million of financial sanctions, demotions and departures. The measures were revealed after the Singapore-based company agreed to pay $422 million to settle charges it bribed Brazilian officials, including some at state-run oil company Petrobras. Singapore authorities are investigating individuals involved.   In the document seen by Reuters, U.S. authorities listed remedial measures taken by Keppel Offshore &

Appointment of Dorothy Thompson CBE as non-executive Chair of Tullow Oil plc Photo Tullow Oil

Thompson takes over from Founder Heavey, Tullow Oil

working in the Commercial and Industrial division of the Bank of Botswana. Thompson holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.   As well as her experience with Drax, Thompson is also currently a non-executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England (since 2014) and the NYSE-listed Eaton Corporation plc (since 2016). She was a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey plc from 2007-16.   Aidan Heavey, Chairman of Tullow Oil stated, "I am delighted that Dorothy Thompson is joining Tullow and I wish her well

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For Payroll Purposes, is Your Seaman Really a Seaman?

to conduct another analysis to see what kind of employees you have for payroll purposes.   Apples-to-Oranges A Jones Act seaman may not be considered a seaman for payroll purposes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As such, despite maritime law designating your crew member as a seaman, a court could determine that your seaman does not fall within the scope of the seaman exception to the FLSA and find you liable for penalties and wages related to the overtime rules included in the FLSA.   The FLSA requires employers to provide overtime pay to any employee who works more than forty

Sewol Crew Gets Little in Legal Resources

MOKPO, South Korea, May 20 (Reuters) - South Korea's legal system appears to be failing 15 surviving crew of a ferry that sank last month, killing hundreds of children, with their being tried and convicted by an angry public before the case has even come to court. Lawyers are agonising over how they can mount a convincing defence of the crew, who jumped ship as the children waited in their cabins, dressed in life jackets, obediently following orders before a disaster that put the whole country in mourning. The absence of determined defence may mean that the crew's side of the story - whether

Neeraj Bansal appointed Deputy Chairman

Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT

Exercised Leadership in co-ordinating with Public Accounts Committee on Finance and other Government Agencies such as, Government of Maharashtra, BMC, Mumbai, Police, CBI, * Vast experience in handling legal issues such as, Vodafone case and Scam cases of Harshad Mehta before Hon’ble Supreme Court, Bombay High Court etc. * Experience in formulation of tax-policy and its administration in Mumbai Source: JNPT  

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Effective Harassment Prevention Training

arises from the fact that the term “harassment” appears nowhere in the statute’s text. Rather, the key operative language provides that an employer may not discriminate against an individual with respect to his “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges.” The Supreme Court adopted the “severe or pervasive” standard in order to shoehorn the harassment concept into the “terms” or “conditions” language. Put another way, discriminatory harassment does not become actionable under Title VII unless its severity or pervasiveness is intense

Melanie A. Leney (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

levels, with an emphasis in maritime and transportation, employment litigation, products liability, personal injury, government investigations, and compliance and regulatory issues. She has also represented clients pro bono in civil rights and Federal Tort Claim Act litigation through the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey’s pro bono program. Leney is a member of the American Bar Association, the Camden County Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association. In addition, she is a member of the board of trustees for the Alice Paul Institute, a non-for-profit corporation that promotes

Chris Hearne (Photo: Dana Gas)

Dana Gas Announces New Senior Management

in March 2014 as the Commercial and Business Development Director.  Previously, Maclean was a partner with the global law firm of Squire Patten Boggs based in Perth, Australia, and was the Co-Chair of the firm’s global energy and resources group.  Maclean is admitted to the Supreme Courts of Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia. He has over 20 years’ extensive experience of practicing international energy law.    

Senator James E. Risch

ICTSI Efforts to Labor Slowdowns

;s Terminal 6, to focus congressional attention on the ongoing problem of maritime labor slowdowns. The measure would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to make intentional slowdowns by maritime unions an unfair labor practice. Offending labor organizations would be subjected to federal court injunctions against slowdowns as well as damage claims to injured parties.  Intentional slowdowns are orchestrated campaigns by labor unions such as the International Warehouse and Longshore Union (ILWU) to essentially engage in a strike with little or no cost to their members. In contrast to

Mark Ross (Photo: Brookes Bell Group)

Ross Joins Brookes Bell Group

fire origin and cause investigations and fire behavior. He has carried out more than 2,000 fire investigations, ranging from small compartment fires to multimillion pound losses, and including those of accidental and deliberate origin. He has also given expert testimony in Coroners, Magistrates and Crown Courts on numerous occasions

The Training Academy Launches in Gosport

expand their knowledge. All the seminars will be delivered by Ian Biles BEng (Hons), MA, CEng, DipMarSur, FNI, MIIMS, MRINA, MIMarEST, MSCMS, MHCMM, AMS one of the world’s foremost marine surveyors, consultants, writers and regular expert witness in some of the industry’s most high profile court cases

Antonia Panayides (Photo: Reed Smith)

Reed Smith Adds Two Shipping Partners

2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Panayides deals with a wide range of dry shipping and offshore matters from the firm's London office. Her experience includes charter party disputes, shipmanagement, bill of lading, sale and purchase and contract of affreightment disputes whether subject to High Court and arbitration jurisdiction. Panayides acts for owners, charterers, ship managers and brokers, as well as P&I clubs. Her knowledge extends to the offshore sector where she handles disputes arising from drilling, FPSO and supply vessel contracts. Sarma is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University

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US Women Dockworkers Accuse Shippers, Union of Discrimination

the women filed amended charges on Thursday, seeking to expand previously filed claims to cover all women on the West Coast impacted by port policies regarding pregnancies.   The EEOC has not made any findings regarding the allegations, Thomas said, and the women could file a lawsuit in federal court once the EEOC process concludes.   Longshoremen at the West Coast ports are grouped in a hierarchy, with full union members at the top enjoying the highest pay and most predictable shifts.   To increase seniority, some women work as much as possible, Plummer said, including surprise

Walter J. Brudzinski (Photo: Chuck Fazio)

Insights: USCG Can Suspend and Revoke Merchant Mariner Credentials

right, the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Coast Guard regulations provide due process protections when the government proposes suspending or revoking that Credential.     To that end, the S&R hearing process is very similar to a civil trial in state or federal court without a jury but with streamlined discovery rules to ensure a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination. The hearing is not a criminal trial and the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) cannot sentence a mariner to incarceration or impose a fine.  Rather, these administrative proceedings are remedial

INTERSCHALT Shuffles Executive Management

addition to his current role, Günter Schmidmeir, Navis Regional General Manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) will provide, local operational support during the integration, working closely with the INTERSCHALT software team.    In addition to these changes, the Pinneberg Local Court completed the company’s legal transformation from an AG (stock corporation) into a GmbH (limited liability company) on June 20, 2016

Tim Lewis (Photo courtesy of Braemar)

Braemar Appoints Lewis as Director, Ports & Harbors

costs and methods of mitigation. He also provides expert opinion on unsafe berth cases considering aspects such as jetty layout, fendering, moorings and structural adequacy. He has acted on nearly 100 dock damage and marine incidents around the world and has on many occasions given expert evidence in court and arbitration hearings. He has also undertaken numerous shipping studies, operational simulations and delay analyses for several ports and projects. Aspects considered include risk analysis of the proposed developments, vessel throughput, berth occupancy and downtime, optimal dredged depth and

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