Fifth Circuit: Maritime Carpenter Not Covered by LHWCA

The Fifth Circuit recently issued a new decision addressing the limits of jurisdiction under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  The claimant, a... More

Eleventh Circuit Considers Challenge to Admiralty Jurisdiction in Florida Drainage Canal Injury

On August 3, 2016, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Tundidor v. Miami-Dade County, a case highlighting an... More

$23 Million Punitive Damage Award Upheld by Louisiana Appellate Court

On June 29, 2016, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a jury’s award of $23 million in punitive damages to the family... More

Drilling Rig Exclusion Precluded Insured’s Reimbursement Claim Against Excess Insurer

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an insurance coverage question involving an excess insurer and an offshore injury.  The Plaintiff was... More

Tides Are Turning: The Arrival of Subchapter M

*This article was prepared by our summer law clerk, Ridge Miguez.   On June 20, 2016 the U.S. Coast Guard posted a preview of... More

Philippines Wins Territorial Dispute with China in International Tribunal

In 2013, the Philippines brought a case against China to dispute China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Territorial disputes over the South... More

Plaintiff’s Construction Defect Claims Against Offshore Spar Manufacturer Dismissed

In June 2011, an offshore worker was injured on a spar (a floating platform shaped like a giant buoy) on the outer continental shelf when he... More

Fifth Circuit Holds “Zone of Danger” Test Not Applicable Under the LHWCA

In a recent unpublished opinion, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s award of benefits to a longshoreman who... More

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

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