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

Hercules Offshore Finished with Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

In September of this year, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware approved Hercules Offshore’s restructuring plan, which proposed to give control of the company... More

Day with the DOL in New Orleans

Loyola University hosted its annual “Day with the DOL” seminar on Tuesday, December 8th in New Orleans, Louisiana. The panelists at this year’s seminar included... More

Wreck Removal Leaves Insured in the Sludge

In December of 2008, Tom’s Welding Inc. (“TWI”) commenced wreck removal/salvage operations pursuant to its agreement with BEI, the owner of the Tank Barge... More

5th Circuit Addresses LHWCA’s Last Maritime Employer Doctrine

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed the last maritime employer rule under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA).  The... More

Coast Guard to Increase the Limits of Liability under Oil Pollution Act of 1990

The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule which increases the statutory limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities, under the... More

11th Circuit Excludes Plaintiff’s Expert on Human Walking Behavior

In Torres v. Carnival Corp., the Court was asked to determine whether Carnival Cruise lines created an unreasonably dangerous condition on the cruise ship,... More