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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Business Formation, Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: US pass through entity gains revenue from services aboard a cruise ship. Does that entity pay US federal and state tax
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 22, 2019

This question needs to be presented to a tax attorney - try to repost, adding Tax Law as a category.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Can experimental (non-US FDA approved) medical procedures be performed by doctors on ships in international waters?

Maritime law question....Could a ship flagged in a non-U.S. registered/flagged country (e.g. the Bahamas) have a doctor on board perform experimental procedures (say, for cancer) when in international waters that are not allowed in the U.S. ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 22, 2019

Probably. What, if any connection does the doctor have with the U.S.?

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: i am looking for the proper form quo warranto state of florida
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Nov 15, 2018

Look at Florida Appellate Practice by Padavano

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Can a U.S. person with flying disabilities take a cruise ship from LA to Hawaii and then a different ship back to LA?

One way cruise to Hawaii and a return say a week later on another cruise ship?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 9, 2018

As a general matter, I’m not aware of any maritime law provision that prohibits purchasing a one-way passage from one port to another on one vessel and then purchasing another one-way passage on a different vessel for a return trip. That is as a general matter. However, a person’s rights,... Read more »

Q: Can a bankruptcy court go back and tell a corporation they have to compensate smaller stockholders

I owned stock in a oil drilling company think it was ocean rig there was a bunch I would have to call fidelity to be 100% sure. Bought the stock800-900 shares for a buck each when oil tanked. They restructured right as oil bottomed out got out of anyone who had like less than 10000 shares and now... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 6, 2018

The court has the power to consider such repayment as you ask, but it is highly unlikely they would exercise it based on the above.

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Can I be arrested if I left a cruise ship in Jamaica owing them $6000?

I was on a 7 day cruise from miami and I racked up a $6000 bill in the Casino, I was unable to pay so i Left the Ship at the jamaican port. The ship does not fly under a US Flag. Now the sheriff in miami is threatening me that he is going to get a warrant and arrest me. Is he just pulling my leg... Read more »

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 26, 2018

Sheriffs usually don't run around making false threats without acting, but if he is for real - and not some rent a cop - you might respectfully ask him for his basis. . . . . We would need more information, i.e. did you destroy property or just drink to much?

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I have been done seriously wrong by the city of Edgewater, Florida. How can I find a lawyer who will fight the city?

Every attorney I have talked to has said "Oh, we don't practice that type of law." What type of practice will take a case against the city? I believe the case involves violations of state statutes and federal civil rights under color of law under 42 USC 1983.

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Apr 2, 2018

Go online and look for an attorney with experience handling civil rights claims.

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: I was on a Norwegian cruise and got hurt on their island, in an area that had no signs posted swim at your own risk.

I ended up having to go back to the ship to have my injury seen by a doctor. I only signed a document for treatment, I did not sign for the Medical Services Bill that state I will not hold them liable and that I will accept paying the bill. They are now trying to send me to collections. What can... Read more »

Gordon Charles Webb
Gordon Charles Webb answered on Feb 12, 2018

You most likely will need to sue them in Florida. Typically you must send them a Notice of Claim letter within 6 months of the incident and then file suit within one year of the incident. So best you consult with a Florida lawyer ASAP.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: My houseboat sank in a private marina during Hurricane Irma, What is my obligation as far as removal is concerned.
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 16, 2017

You have the obligation to remove it. For specifics refer to your agreement with the marina.

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: What are international waters? Can I just pick a country to file an injury claim in if I'm injured in them?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 2, 2017

No, I believe you would file a claim in the country in which the ocean vessel (assuming there is a vessel involved) is registered.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: I want to sue the captain of a ship I was working on for an injury sustained on his vessel while located off the coast

of Florida. He's not American though. Does that matter?

Michael Nicholas Lygnos
Michael Nicholas Lygnos answered on May 8, 2017

You do not provide enough facts for a definitive answer. If you are a foreign seaman working under a collective bargaining agreement on a foreign flag vessel with a mandatory arbitration remedy, then, the answer is no. If you are a seaman whose employment originated in a US port, and you were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Florida on
Q: the case Exxon Shipping Corporation v. Exxon Seamen's Union, 11 F.3d 1189 (3rd Cir. 1993).

I'm a college student studying business, I have read the case and can't determine who won after the Union appealed the vacating of the arbitration award. Who won the case Exxon Shipping Corporation v. Exxon Seamen's Union, 11 F.3d 1189 (3rd Cir. 1993). Exxon Shipping or Union? If Union why?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 24, 2016

Here is the summary of the opinion:

"The Exxon Seamen's Union has appealed from a district court order vacating an arbitration award that required the Exxon Shipping Company to reinstate an able bodied seaman on an oil tanker who was found to be highly intoxicated while on duty./ Shipping...
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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: I need to file for an emergency post seizure hearing to file a complaint on a wrongful arrest of a sailing vessel

I have all my details of evidence put together and I need to get in front of the judge that signed off on the arrest.

I have been told by the clerk of court to file the motion of request by filling out the general docket form and mailing this request in to the judge and then I have to... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 25, 2016

Is this case in federal district court (Admiralty rules and jurisdiction)? If so, I expect that you can request a hearing electronically. If you will send me the case number and district (There are three federal districts in Florida), I would be happy to look at it for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: Status of Odyssey Marine Exploration (OMEX) "Black Swan" ? Case 8:2007cv00614 Florida Middle District Court. Status ?

Feb 28 2011 there was supposed to be a hearing, what transpired ? When is the next hearing and where can I read about it. First year college student. Thanks.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 9, 2015

You could call and ask a clerk this question.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: My 54 foot boat was damaged while tied up in my slip at a private yacht club by a passing boat in the ICW makeing a huge

Wake. The bow was thrown into a fixed piling. The damage exceeds $10,000.00. This occured in Fl. Does this fall under maritime law. The investigating officer said the operator of the passing vessel is at fault and responsible for his wake. I have been without the use of my boat for more than a... Read more »

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 8, 2015

Did you have a question? Can you sue? Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: A man who rented my boatlift stopped paying 2 months ago and I can't reach him. The boat's still there. What can I do?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 7, 2015

Find him. Get a lien on the boat and eventually sell it, if that can be done. Consult with a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: What CFR Reg / s apply to who is allowed to see the official logbook? I am trying to deny access and need the rule
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 6, 2015

You have not given enough facts or even the context from which you ask this question. Go see an attorney if it is still a problem.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: In an admiraty lawsuit, does the defendant have to appear in court or can he appear telephonically?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 4, 2015

You asked this question over two years ago. I hope you found an answer when you needed it.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: What is the requirement for a boat 17ft in length.
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Aug 4, 2015

What requirement are you talking about, and have you asked the government people yet who issue licenses?

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Q: how long are you allowed to anchor off the Florida keys if you are out side the 3 mile limit
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Apr 14, 2015

I do not know and I am quite sure that you are not going to get an adequate response on this forum. It would probably be best to actually go see a local attorney who might have some experience in this type of law.

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