Dropping Anchor Does Not Trigger a Requirement to Provide Notice Under La. RS § 40:1749.11 for Dredge Owner

A dredge, seeking to secure position for anchoring, lowered its dredge ladder and cutter head into the seabed, striking a pipeline. The pipeline owner... More

Second of Three Employers Was Last Responsible

Claimant was working as a longshoremen for Employer when he sustained an injury to his back after stepping into a hole. Claimant received temporary... More

Fishing Injury Covered Under Zone of Special Danger

Claimant was a citizen of the Republic of the Marshall Islands within the Kwajalein Atoll, which is home to the U.S. Army Space and... More

Rig Owner Not Liable for Failing to Search for Lost and Submerged Rig

A tanker vessel allided with an unmarked and submerged wreck of a jack-up drilling rig that was lost during Hurricane Ike. In the aftermath... More

Rail Yard Worker Fails LHWCA Situs and Status Tests

Claimant worked for Employer for twenty years when he became aware that his exposure to workplace noise had caused hearing loss. He brought a... More

Failure to Conduct JSA for Routine Task is Not a Breach of Duty

On August 5, 2015, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Glaze v. Higman Barge Lines Inc.  The court... More

“I’m on a boat!”- Well, Then Maybe You’re a Seaman

The law has long held that seamen are afforded special protections. As early as 1823, the law recognized the perils of this particular profession:... More

Future Lost Wages Based on Statistical Work-Life Expectancy

A rigger on a crane barge was injured when he fell from a makeshift scaffolding.  He sued the vessel owner for negligence under the... More

Statute of Limitations in Maritime Cases not Limited to Vessels Engaged in Commerce

Plaintiff was injured while aboard Defendant’s pleasure yacht on October 25, 2011.  On January 29, 2015, Plaintiff filed a negligence based lawsuit in federal... More

Arbitration Provision in Salvage Contract Binding

A vessel owner, Farnsworth, brought action against a towboat company, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the towboat company from enforcing the arbitration clause... More