In Recent Maritime Tort Action Eleventh Circuit Says Jury Should Decide Medical Damages

In a recent case, Higgs v. Costa Crociere S.P.A., 969 F.3d 1295 (11thCir. 08/1420), the Eleventh Circuit found that in a maritime tort action,... More

Death on the High Seas: Federal Court Applies Maritime Wrongful Death Statute to Cruise Ship Passenger Who Dies On Shore

The global cruise industry, still trying to weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and its chilling effect on tourism worldwide, received one favorable... More

Fifth Circuit Judge Authors Important Special Concurrence to Own Opinion in Seaman Status Case

Fifth Circuit Judge W. Eugene Davis authored an important special concurrence to his own opinion in a seaman status case, Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of... More

Suit for Fear of Contracting COVID-19 Dismissed

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, litigation (both frivolous and meritous) was a foregone conclusion. The floodgates have opened, and the court dockets are... More

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Deepen the Mississippi River

On July 31, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Louisiana signed an agreement to deepen the Lower Mississippi River... More

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Limitation Action for Failure to Comply with Notice Provisions

The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 entitles a vessel owner to limit its liability for most claims arising out of a maritime casualty... More

COVID-19 Spawns Litigation

As the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold, the next wave of this calamity is beginning to swell: litigation. Already, there... More

Louisiana’s Suspended Legal Deadlines under COVID-19

At the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, which hit Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans Area particularly hard, Louisiana’s governor took action to suspend... More

COVID-19 Fuels Debate Over Waiver of Jones Act’s Coastwise Trade Restrictions

The COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted the United States economy. The maritime industry, as part of the global supply chain, is certainly no exception.... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Reverses Third Circuit Vessel Status in Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Company

In July 2019, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal garnered significant attention with its decision in Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Company, 18-868,... More