Stewart Peck and David Sharpe Participate at the 25th Biennial Tulane Admiralty Law Institute


Lugenbuhl Shareholders David B. Sharpe and Stewart F. Peck recently participated in the 25th Biennial Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana, titled “Maritime Personal Injury & Death: Jurisdiction to Judgment.” The event is the oldest and largest continuing legal education program devoted to maritime law. Both shareholders served on the Program Committee, with Mr. Sharpe serving as Chair of the Program Committee.

On Wednesday afternoon in a panel entitled “Vessel Status & Jurisdiction,” Mr. Peck acted as moderator and Mr. Sharpe participated in the discussion. The two also co-authored a paper, soon to be published in the upcoming Tulane Law Review titled, “What is a Vessel: Implications for Marine Finance, Marine Insurance & Admiralty Jurisdiction.”

On Friday morning, Mr. Sharpe moderated a panel entitled “Coffin V. Blessey Marine: FLSA Coverage (Or Not) For Tankermen & Other Seafarers.” The panel discussed the recent Coffin vs. Blessey Marine case from the US Fifth Circuit, as well as its holding that tankermen are not entitled to federal overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Other panels at the Institute covered issues such as handling legal claims arising from cruise ship mishaps, understanding government regulation after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and settling disputes through arbitration and mediation rather than litigation.

For more information on the 25th Biennial Admiralty Law Institute, visit here.

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