The Deepwater Horizon spill has thrust U.S. maritime law -- a complicated, sometimes arcane set of statutes that often bears little resemblance to domestic law -- into the spotlight in a way few disasters have, prompting a gusher of proposed legislation that could significantly alter the practice. Some maritime lawyers welcome the proposed changes as long overdue, but attorneys who represent corporate interests say that lawmakers are moving too fast and could unwittingly drive up the cost of doing business at sea.
After Oil Spill Disaster, Maritime Law Is All at Sea
The National Law Journal
July 30, 2010