Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: States, U.S. Share Jurisdiction

U.S. admiralty law is unique in that it provides federal courts with exclusive jurisdiction over many maritime cases. This begs the question: Why are... More

Owner of Fishing Vessel Allowed to Limit Liability But Must Include Value of Scallop Permit in Limitation Fund

On June 8, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware issued a ruling in which it held that the owner... More

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Jones Act and General Maritime Law Claims in Vessel in Navigation Case

On June 6, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit handed down its decision in Jarvis v. Hines Furlong Line,... More

The Louisiana Rule Sinks Limitation of Liability

A U.S. District Court in Florida recently dealt a fatal blow to a barge owner’s attempt to have its liability limited under the Shipowners... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Defines “Good Cause” Required for Defendant to Obtain AME

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued a very significant ruling in a personal injury lawsuit regarding what a Defendant is required to show in... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: Unseaworthiness

February 23, 2022 If you ask the average person on the street what a “seaworthy” vessel is, the person will probably say that a... More

Wrap-up: ABA TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Mid-Winter Conference

The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Mid-Winter Conference was held on March 4-5 in New Orleans,... More

Recent Changes in the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure

The Louisiana Code of Procedure had a few updates that came in effect in the beginning of 2022 that are of note. Say “good bye”... More

Fifth Circuit Holds that Six-Month Limitation Action Filing Deadline is Not Jurisdictional

The Fifth Circuit recently revisited its own precedent on the nature of the six-month time bar contained in the Limitation of Liability Act. The... More

Role Reversal: Who Bears Burden of Proof When Vessel Owner is Sued for Sinking Its Own Barge?

Most of the time, when a vessel sinks, any lawsuits are filed by the vessel’s owner against whoever had control of the vessel at... More