Did the U.S. Supreme Court Miss the Boat in Its Latest Definition of a Boat? (PDF)
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently defined again what a boat is, as distinguished from non-vessel personal property; it sought to set a standard that could be easily adapted to all stationary waterborne or floating structures ("SWSs"), not just to floating homes like the structure at issue in Lozman v. The City of Riviera Beach. The case is discussed by Robert S. Fisher.
Robert S. Fisher has practiced extensively in the area of consumer financing of motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, recreational yachts, general aviation aircraft, and general commercial equipment leasing. He has represented banks, finance, general leasing, and yacht chartering companies in setting up leasing programs and in the purchase, sale, and securitization of vehicles and equipment.
He has lectured on recreational vessel matters before the Maritime Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, where he is chair of the Boat Working Group of the National Title Task Force, and at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he was a member for two terms of the Admiralty Committee. He has also lectured for the Conference on Consumer Finance Law of Oklahoma City University School of Law and written for the Consumer Financial Quarterly and the Rutgers Law Review. Mr. Fisher writes frequently on maritime legal topics for Yachting Magazine.
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