Fifth Circuit Weighs in on P&I Insurance Coverage Dispute

Following a verdict in favor a Jones Act seaman, Larry Naquin, for injuries he sustained in a land-based crane accident, an insurance coverage dispute... More

Clean-Up Responder Defendants Dismissed from Deepwater Horizon Multi-District Litigation

On April 22, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig sank following numerous fires and explosions resulting from a loss of well control.  Oil subsequently discharged... More

Fifth Circuit Reverses Benefits Review Board’s Finding that Claimant Successfully Invoked Section 20(a) Presumption

In a newly-published decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in BIS Salamis, Inc. v. Director, OWCP and Joseph Meeks, No. 15-60148 reversed the... More

5th Circuit Finds Record Insufficient to Confirm OCSLA Situs in Indemnity Dispute

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the situs requirement of a personal injury claim arising under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands... More

U.S. 9th Circuit Sides with Claimant’s Counsel in Attorney Fee Dispute

Recently, in the case of Shirrod v. Director, OWCP et al., a Claimant’s attorney appealed the decision of the ALJ, which was affirmed by... More

Bankruptcy on the Horizon: Offshore Supply Companies Prepare

Companies engaged in supplying offshore services, an essential corner of the oil sector here in Louisiana, should be preparing for the potential increase in... More

Fifth Circuit: Who “Invited” Plaintiff on the Vessel?

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed competing indemnification provisions in a maritime contract.  A pipeline operator, W&T Offshore, hired a diving... More

High Water and Duties of Barge Owners and Fleeters

High water is here, and it’s going to get higher before it starts dropping.  In response the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number... More

Sloppy Pleading of Injured Worker Leads to Dismissal of Lawsuit

Plaintiff was working in the hold of a refrigerated cargo vessel that was berthed at the Port of Gloucester, NJ.  He injured his leg... More

Alleged Seaman’s Claims Dismissed for Lack of Negligence

Plaintiff was injured when he allegedly fell from a defective rope ladder while working on a barge.  He filed a lawsuit against his employer,... More