Under the Jones Act, crewmembers injured on the job are entitled to have their medical bills, hospitalization costs, physical therapy, and wages paid by their employer. These financial obligations are referred to as “Maintenance and Cure.” These legal remedies were embodied in federal law to safeguard the vitality of traditional maritime activity, with respect to international trade and commerce, by protecting crewmembers who risk their lives at sea.
Over the years, IMG has acted as legal counsel to a number of major multinational foreign or joint venture shipping companies operating in the U.S. and has advised them on the legal nuances of U.S. cabotage law, including rendering assistance and advice on the establishment of joint venture companies, the acquisition and sale of vessels, and obtaining advisory opinions from the Department of Homeland Security. IMG has resolved foreign investment and ownership implications for shipping companies operating in the natural resources sector.
IMG is one of the only law firms in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on the transactional side of charter party agreements and the litigation side of charter party agreements.
The nature of the fishing industry often requires that matters be dealt with on an urgent basis and our legal practitioners travel widely and at short notice. We also advise on fishing company start-ups and business entity formation.
Many disasters, both at sea and on land, unfortunately involve either death and/or personal injury. At IMG, we have the necessary experience in defending and prosecuting companies and insurers in maritime and offshore energy cases.
IMG has experience in dealing with the legal issues connected with shipping casualties and salvage operations. IMG is prepared to act for salvors during and in the aftermath of shipping casualties and ensuing operations.
We frequently advise on the drafting and review of contracts, together with associated documents such as performance and refund guarantees, as well as the financing and insurance of new builds.
IMG’s team is involved in all aspects of selling and purchasing vessels including the negotiations between the buyers and the sellers. We regularly advise a diverse range of international clients including owners and operators.