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Monthly Archives: July 2008

New Generation of Alaska Republicans

Politics in Alaska is a brand new game for both Democrats and Republicans. The change comes on the heals of the recent indictment of long time Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Two years ago, Ted Stevens was still the powerful long ruling senator from Alaska, delivering billions of federal dollars to his home state, when federal […]

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Fishermen Say Data Doesn’t Represent Stock

Fishermen believe that they observe large gaps in the biological data that is to be used in updated Atlantic King Mackerel stock assessment. The new stock assessment does not line up with what we are observing, states Kelly Schoolcraft a fisherman from North Carolina. The new stock assessment is scheduled for review and completion later […]

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Grounding of Alaskan Vessel Fault of Captain

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has determined that the reason that the Empress of the North ran aground on July 23, 2008 was the negligence of the captain. The captain allowed an inexperienced, newly licensed junior third mate to the bridge watch from midnight to 4 a.m.. The NTSB commented that the decision of leadership on the vessel […]

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Department of Transportation Offers Salvage Bonus

On Friday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) offered a bonus to a salvage contractor to retrieve industrial fuel and dangerous chemicals inside the sunken M/V Princess of the Stars. The ship sank somewhere near Roblon Province. The company Titan Salvage, is owned by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley Maritime Corporation is the largest maritime […]

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Factory Trawler Owner Seeks Limitation of Liability

The owners of the ill fated fishing vessel the Alaska Ranger have begun legal maneuvering to avoid liability for the deadly ship sinking in March. The lawyers for the Fishing Company of Alaska (“FCA”) have invoked an archaic piece of maritime law that limits the amount of money that can be sought by survivors or the […]

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Punitive Damages in Maritime Law

The United States Supreme Court ruled recently on several issues related to maritime casualty. The opinion, Baker v. Exxon Shipping Co., deals with the availability of punitive damages under maritime law. Prior to this decision, the Supreme Court had yet to directly rule on whether punitive damages are appropriate under some circumstances. Before this ruling, […]

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Insurance Industry Cited for Bad Business Policies

The rankings show a pattern of insurance industry avarice amongst 10 companies that refuse to pay just claims, reward executives with extravagant salaries, employ hardball tactics against their own customers, and unjustly raise premiums while hoarding tremendous profits. Ranked number one as the worst was Allstate. For example, in the 1990’s Allstate contracted with McKinsey […]

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