September 2019 Archives

Legal and investigating issues in dive boat fire

Most people in California have heard, seen or read reports about the recent fire that struck a dive boat off the shore of Southern California. Tragically, 34 people died in the fire as they were reported to have been unable to flee the burning vessel. All of those who died were paying passengers. The only survivors were the five crewmembers. The fire erupted in the middle of the night when everyone, including the crew, was asleep. The incident is raising many questions about the liability for the fire and the cause of the fire.

What determines the liability of a vessel owner?

Earlier this month, a tragedy unfolded on a California diving boat known as the Conception, as a fire broke out on the ship and killed 34 people on board. The owners of the ship wasted no time making legal preparations as they filed a petition less than a week after the incident to eliminate their financial liability in the fire. They’ve been heavily criticized for attempting to limit the legal options that the victims’ families have so soon after the fire.

When do I need an NDA?

If you are a business owner in California or are in a management position in a company, there may be situations in which you will need to share some sensitive information with another party in order to move your business forward. It can be hard for companies to feel that the only way they can really get work done or advance their positions is to hand out confidential information but that is the reality at times. This is when it is important to have a nondisclosure agreement in place.

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