An Update from Our Firm about COVID-19

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner remains fully operational and committed to serving our clients and colleagues throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As we follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing, we remain available for phone consultations and scheduled in-person meetings with both current and prospective clients and colleagues. Please contact our office by email or by calling 713-222-7211 with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency Withdraws Jones Act Proposal

Last month the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) announced that it will suspend and reconsider a set of regulatory amendments to the Jones Act that were proposed by the Obama administration.

Under the Jones Act, established in the 19th Century, vessels carrying cargo between U.S. ports are required to staff U.S. crews and display U.S. flags. The application of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act extends the Jones Act restriction to structures connected to the seabed of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, including those used for the exploration of oil and gas. However, under limited circumstances, the CBP has allowed oil and gas vessel owners or operators to obtain waivers of the Act; such waivers enable these operators to use foreign flagged vessels that are more available and less costly.

The amendments to the Act aimed to exten­­­­d its protective measures by revoking waivers available to oil and gas operators. On the one hand, major oil and gas industry operators of the American Petroleum Industry heavily contested these measures and increased their lobbying efforts as the proposed modifications would hinder the effective and economic operation of off shore oil and gas vessels. On the other hand, the Offshore Marine Service Association had long awaited a corrective action by the CBP that would stimulate American crews and shipyards.

The CBP reported that after receiving over 3,000 comments from proponents and opponents of the proposed action as well as further research, it concluded that it would reconsider whether to withdraw the regulatory changes proposed by the Obama administration.

If you were seriously injured while working offshore as a seamen, it is important to find a skilled law firm with experience handling maritime cases. The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the oldest personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys are standing by to assist with your claim. Call us today at 713-396-3964 or 1-800-594-4884 for your free consultation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

Our Record Of Success

When you are hurt and you choose a law firm to represent you in court or at the negotiation table, you need to carefully consider the firm's record.

Read More Success Stories

Let Us Help You Request a Free Consultation Today

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Back to top