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American Samoa Establishes Maritime Precedent Disallowing the Inclusion of Attorney’s Fees as ...

American Samoa Maritime Law Precedent

​On August 17, 2016, WH Fisheries filed a complaint against Vasco Enterprises Inc. , the owner of the F/V Carol Linda, a 274-foot fishing vessel located in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The Complaint sought foreclosure of WH Fisheries’ mortgage on the F/V Carol Linda, and the High Court of American Samoa issued a warrant for the arrest of the vessel on the same day. Thereafter, the United States of America, through local American Samoan counsel at RDA Law Firm, filed a Complaint-in-Intervention for foreclosure of the First Preferred Ship Mortgage on the vessel. There were numerous other creditors and claimants seeking recovery when the F/V Carol Linda was to be auctioned off in February 2016. Since marine surveys and reasonable estimates had placed the value of the F/V Carol Linda between $7 Million and $9 Million, there were reasonable expectations that the sale of the vessel would allow many, if […]


Trading Pine Trees for Palm Trees: Practicing Law in U.S. Territories

Practicing Law in U.S. Territories Palm Trees American Samoa

Around Thanksgiving of 2015, an attorney recruiting me to work for his firm made the most outlandish pitch I had ever heard.He promised me a job where I would leave work every day at 4:00 p.m., and never work a weekend or holiday. In my off-time, I would drink from coconuts on world-class beaches, camp on one of the most remote islands in the United States, or fish in waters abundant with tuna and wahoo. I would wear shorts and flip-flops to work—even during court appearances. And, perhaps most importantly, he promised me an above-average salary for an attorney with my experience, and plenty of paid time off.The only catch was that I would have to leave Arkansas behind, and spend two years in American Samoa. As you can imagine, I was skeptical of this too-good-to-be-true proposition. But my wife and I decided that if the job was even half […]

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