Small passenger vessel liability fairness act has no retroactive application to previous maritime incidents

Kennedys' partner Jay Hamad and associate Dean Aronin authored an article titled “Small Passenger Vessel Liability Fairness Act Has No Retroactive Application to Previous Maritime Incidents” published in the New York Law Journal.


The article discusses the Small Passenger Vessel Liability Fairness Act, signed into law by President Biden, stating that the Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 does not apply to “small passenger vessels.” The new act does not apply retroactively to small passenger shipowners that have a pending limitation proceeding in federal court that pre-dates Dec. 23, 2022.


Please contact Jay and Dean for more information.

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