All Floating Structures Aren't Vessels, Supreme Court Finds

Law360, New York (January 15, 2013, 10:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court found Tuesday that a secured floating home is not a vessel under federal maritime law unless its appearance and function reasonably indicates it could be used for transportation, in a ruling that also affects commercial owners of floating structures including casinos and hotels.

In a 7-2 decision, the panel upended the Eleventh Circuit’s 2011 ruling in handing the ruling in favor of Fane Lozman, whose dispute with the City of Riviera Beach in Florida culminated in the Supreme Court battle. The city...
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