Friday, June 28, 2013

6/28/2013 Admiralty Law


Scale Of Justice Image  Killing and Maiming American Seamen is Not Only Rude and Impolite But Usually Illegal. 

 The Pennsylvania -Reyes "Doctrine" Helps Lawyers Prove this Concept and The American Admiralty Bureau's Guides and Commentators Help Lawyers Find and Apply The Pennsylvania-Reyes "Hook".

 The "Rule of the Pennsylvania" is a doctrine in Admiralty law that grew out of a collision case The Pennsylvania, 86 U.S. 125 (1873). In collisions, this case established a rule that violation of a safety statute shifted the burden of proof to the violator. Moreover, the burden was to not only prove that the violation did not cause the accident but could not have contributed to the accident. Every Admiralty lawyer worth his salt knows the "Rule of the Pennsylvania. Less well known, and somewhat less universally applied is the "Pennsylvania -Reyes Doctrine" which extends the "Rule of the Pennsylvania" to all manner of personal injuries aboard vessels. Reyes v. Vantage SS Co., 609 F.2d 140 , 5th Cir. (1980) was the clearest statement to date of this concept, though something similar had previously been articulated by various federal district courts prior. Interested readers can read more about the Pennsylvania -Reyes "Doctrine" right here in the American Admiralty Books Blog at

Click on the link provided above and scroll down to the full reprint of the updated Volume 1 of the AMERICAN ADMIRALTY BUREAU'S COMMENTATOR VOLUME 1 or click on "Authoritative Literature in the Special Interest Pages listings to your right.

 There are few areas of human endeavor more closely regulated than maritime activity. Often over looked in personal injury cases are not only the regulations but also the codes and standards incorporated by reference in the regulations and thus having regulatory force. For over twenty years the American Admiralty Bureau, Ltd. advised lawyers on regulations, codes, standards, and authoritative literature in maritime personal injury, collision, allision, unintentional grounding, cargo loss, and navigation rights cases. The Bureau's collective observations and resulting policies and advice were published in a collection of volumes known as the Bureau's "Guides" and "Commentators". The "Commentators" were especially useful to advocates in combating "junk science" by unscrupulous "expert" witnesses. The "Guides" and "Commentators" were published between 1993 and 2005. The Bureau closed as an operating organization in 2007. American Admiralty Books with the assistance of the AAB "Guides" and "Commentators" distributor Marine Education Textbooks and the original editor is in the process of updating these useful references. Volumes 1 and 2 are now available to read on line free of charge in their finished updated versions in our Authoritative Literature Special page. The updated versions are not yet available in print.

The entire collection of American Admiralty Bureau "Guides" and "Commentators" may be purchased as spiral bound soft cover print on demand books from the original distributor Marine Education Textbooks (MET) Ph. (985) 879-3911 at a fraction of the price from University presses and others who have reprinted the volumes thought to have entered the public domain (and some that haven't). MET will be the sole distributor of all updated versions when they are made available in print. Meanwhile we'd appreciate any comments from readers on our E-version of the update. We may incorporate changes based on such feed back in the final print versions.

Fight junk science and dishonest experts with regulations, codes, standards and authoritative literature, let the 20 years of experience of the American Admiralty Bureau show you how.

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