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

Cruise Passenger Awarded $21 Million in Sliding Door Mishap

A U.S. District Court jury in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages to an Illinois man who suffered a brain injury after being struck in... More

A Case of Sexual Harassment?

Plaintiff, Valerie Russo, sued her employer, APL Marine Services, Ltd. and Captain James Londagin for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, retaliation, negligence and unseaworthiness after... More

Gangway Permanently Attached to Pier is Not Maritime Locality

In Adamson v. Port of Bellingham, No. 14-1804, 2015 WL 4716421 (W.D. Wash. August 6, 2015), a U.S. District Court in Washington was asked... More

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