Mainbrace (June 2015, No. 3)

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A Note from the Co-Chair of Blank Rome's Maritime Practice Group
by Jonathan K. Waldron

I wanted to take the opportunity to let our readers know how much we appreciate the feedback we receive—not only from our clients, but also from the general public—with regard to the articles we write for Mainbrace. We often wonder whether people take the time to read the articles, given the fast pace of our industry and the overwhelming amount of information that is available electronically these days. (Read more)

New York Maritime Arbitration Update
by John D. Kimball  

The importance of maritime arbitration in New York has never been greater. In many cases, the stakes are high and the matters to be resolved are complex, both factually and legally. In this respect, maritime arbitration has undergone a sea change over the past decades. (Read more)

Announcement: Blank Rome Welcomes 23 Attorneys of Wong Cabello

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that 23 attorneys and additional staff from the intellectual property law firm of Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford & Brucculeri L.L.P ("Wong Cabello") have joined the Firm in its new downtown Houston office, on June 9. As a result of these additions, Blank Rome significantly bolsters its IP practice to more than 60 attorneys and broadens its service offering to clients. (Read more)

Meet Blank Rome—How to Defend against Patent Trolls without Breaking the Bank
by Kenneth L. Bressler, Christopher K. Hu, and Thomas H. Belknap, Jr

Patent trolls—those who seek to enforce patent rights, but do not actually manufacture or supply services based on the patents—are a problem in all industries, including the shipping industry. And as the pace of innovation in shipping continues to accelerate in areas such as environmental compliance, electronic navigation, vessel design, construction and operation, offshore construction and exploration, and cargo logistics management, claims by patent trolls are sure to rise. (Read more)

Chambers USA 2015 Honors Blank Rome Maritime Attorneys

Chambers 2015: Blank Rome Maritime is "considered a go-to name for a range of contentious shipping matters, thanks to a deep bench of experienced practitioners." The Firm "has strong capabilities in domestic and international litigation and arbitration and regularly advises leading names in the sector." Notable experience "includes disputes centered around maritime casualties, charter parties, and cargo damage." (Read more)

Will 2015 Finally Fulfill the Promise for Development of U.S. Offshore Wind?
by Joan M. Bondareff and Stefanos N. Roulakis  

The development of offshore wind projects in the United States has been a story of high hopes and many setbacks. Thus far, 2015 has perpetuated the same story line, with major setbacks plaguing two major U.S. offshore wind projects, Cape Wind and Fishermen's Energy, and with Deepwater Wind set to put steel in the water near Block Island this year. This article reviews the state of U.S. offshore wind development, the hurdles this development has had to overcome, and the barriers to further development. (Read more)

Gulf Coast Personal Injury Law Update
by David G. Meyer

In Alexander v. Express Energy Services Operating, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals once again addressed a critical issue facing businesses (and their insurers) whose operations have maritime connections: When is an employee considered a seaman? (Read more)

Navigating the South China Sea Dispute through UNCLOS
by Stefanos N. Roulakis

The South China Sea has historically been an area of competing maritime claims as well as a key area for international shipping, currently carrying more than half the world's international trade. China, to the consternation of its neighbors, has been undertaking a variety of construction activities in the South China Sea, such as constructing artificial islands on top of reefs, rocks, and other formations. The United States and several of China's neighbors, particularly the Philippines, have objected to these practices. (Read more)

Notice: The purpose of this newsletter is to identify select developments that may be of interest to readers. The information contained herein is abridged and summarized from various sources, the accuracy and completeness of which cannot be assured. The Advisory should not be construed as legal advice or opinion, and is not a substitute for the advice of counsel.