American Admiralty Bureau's Lawyer's Guide to the Navigational Rules

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Raymond F. Bollinger
American Admiralty Bureau, 1993 - Inland navigation - 166 pages

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This work is still available as a print on demand selection from Marine Education Textbooks of Houma, Louisiana. Despite its publication date in the 1990s it has been updated and corrected by errata sheet and pocket part. This publication is unique in that it produces both the Inland and International Rules together, noting any differences in language, and produces the citations to the U.S. Code for each rule. Following the presentation of the rule there is a listing with brief descriptions of leading cases related to each rule. Of course case law changes rapidly and the last known correction to this publication was probably around 2001. None the less, this spiral bound notebook style guide is still the best available "Cliff Note" type treatment for the "Nav rules" and can help speed the legal research and drafting of a skilled Admiralty Lawyer or paralegal. Open your computer to Westlaw and open the note book to the rule you need to research, and you will find no faster route to the best citation to the rule by statute and a string of enlightening "leading cases". It has been in fairly wide use on the Gulf Coast among Fifth Circuit Admiralty lawyers. It is in quite a number of law libraries along the Gulf Coast and was aquired by the U.S. Supreme Court Law library and the Louisiana State Supreme Court law library. While definitely dated, when used in conjunction with WESTLAW it will speed research. Given its past usage and availability it is still probably wise to include it as at least one avenue of research when looking for leading cases on the NAV Rules. There is a likelihood that your opponent may use it and come up with cases that you might not have found using other systems. Its no guarentee of due diligence, especially considering its age, but its use could go to the weight of the evidence in defending due dilligence. Clients are never kind to the losing lawyer in collision and allision cases.  


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