This Article explores the parameters of claims under oral lay share agreements in the commercial fishing industry. The Article analyzes such agreements by exploring the rationale used in the four principal lay share cases in the geographic area of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, this Article considers the historical development of, and policies behind, maritime laws favoring able seamen, and how these laws have contributed to oral lay share agreements as those agreements affect the rights of commercial fishermen.
James E. Beaver and Jeffrey C. McNamara,
Current Status of Lay Share Wage Claims in Admiralty Law,
14 Fordham Int'l L.J. 892
Available at: http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj/vol14/iss4/2