Recent Opinion from Eastern District of Louisiana Addresses Litigation Funding Companies

The rise of litigation finance companies is now well-documented, up to and including Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. As noted by the ABA Journal,... More

Fifth Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Offshore Employee’s Drug Test Evidence and Substantial Jury Award

In a recent admiralty and maritime case, Hale v. Wood Grp. PSN, Inc., No. 18-31090, 2019 WL 1773276, at *2 (5th Cir. Apr. 22,... More

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Jones Act Case, Dutra Group v. Batterton

On Monday, March 25, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held oral argument on Dutra Group v. Batterton in an attempt to resolve a circuit... More

The Internet of Things: A Discovery Nightmare

In a meeting this week, Julie Lafargue, who recently joined MBLB as a member, encountered a “smart coffee cup,” touted by its manufacturer as... More

Jones Act Case: No Automatic Liability for Employer for Medical Providers’ Negligence

In a recent Jones Act case, Randle v. Crosby Tugs, L.L.C., 911 F.3d 280 (5th Cir. 2018), the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth... More

Internal Revenue Service Issues 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,... More

Supreme Court to Resolve Punitive Damages for Jones Act Seamen

On December 7, 2018, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Dutra Group v. Batterton (18-266). As we reported on... More

Fifth Circuit: Offshore Supply Vessel Faces Liability for “Towing Vessel” Classification

In Shell Offshore, Inc. v. Tesla Offshore, L.L.C., No. 16-30528, 2018 WL 4844687 (5th Cir. Oct. 5, 2018), Fifth Circuit ruled on liability based on the... More

2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Ranks Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as Metropolitan Tier 2 Admiralty & Maritime Law Firm

The 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® has ranked Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as a Metropolitan Tier 2... More

Fifth Circuit Defines Scope of Vessel Liability Under Oil Pollution Act of 1990

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in USA v. Nature’s Way Marine, LLC et al, addressing the statutory definition... More