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What is Civil Litigation - Process & Cost

August 28, 2023

Civil litigation is where one person/party files against another to vindicate a legal right. We discuss the process and costs associated with civil litigation. Read the full article.

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Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Decision: Clean Water Act Does Not Regulate “Isolated” Wetlands

June 21, 2023

The United States Supreme Court rules in Sackett v. EPA that the federal clean water act (CWA) does not regulate “isolated” wetlands. Read the full article.

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Fisheries Management in Virginia

July 20, 2022

Fisheries management in Virginia is imperative to protecting saltwater fisheries in our tidal waters. Read on to learn more about the agencies and resources that help ensure the conservation of our waterways. Read the full article.

Civil Liability For Waterfront Property Owners

Am I Civilly Liable for Property Damage, Death or Injury Occurring on the Water Near my Waterfront Property?

April 13, 2021

Learn how best to protect yourself and your property from civil liabilities with our quick guide on riparian property laws and waterfront property liability. Read the full article.

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Bryan Peeples To Provide CLE Seminar on Basic Riparian Property Rights on April 17, 2021

April 13, 2021

Join riparian rights attorney Bryan Peeples on April 17, 2021 for an educational seminar to learn more about your waterfront property rights. Read the full article.

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Vessel Operations & Environmental Law In The Chesapeake Bay: Endangered Species Act And The Marine Mammal Protection Act

May 5, 2020

Safe vessel operations while observing both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act can avoid potential penalties by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Read the full article.

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Brown Water Seamen And The Stowaway Virus: Coronavirus Precautions

May 1, 2020

Brown water seamen have "maintenance and cure" rights, but Coronavirus may encourage employers to adopt proactive measures to protect crewmen and to avoid financial repercussions. Read the full article.

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Deciphering Navigational Warranties in Marine Insurance Contracts of Adhesion

May 20, 2019

Maritime and Admiralty Law attorney (and licensed insurance agent) Tom Berkley explains the Navigational Warranty Clause in Marine Insurance Contracts Read the full article.

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Protecting Your Virginia Riparian Property Rights & Derelict Vessels

February 15, 2019

Tom Berkley explains how Virginia and several Mid-Atlantic States, as well as the District of Columbia, enacted laws that streamline a waterfront riparian property owner’s ability to remove and dispose of derelict vessels dumped at the shoreline. Read the full article.