Jones Act Employees Could Not Sue a Dual-Listed Company

On August 12, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit published a decision discussing jurisdiction and business entity structure in the context of a Jones Act lawsuit. ... More

It’s Our Settlement and We Can Cry If We Want To: Limited Powers of ALJs

In a decision dated July 28, 2014, the Benefits Review Board defined, or rather, clarified, the limited circumstances in which an administrative law judge... More

Longshore Employer Was Not Liable For a Section 28(c) Lien on Compensation

Claimant sustained a work-related injury on October 7, 2004.  Administrative Law Judge Kennington awarded Claimant temporary total disability benefits on December 10, 2010.  Thereafter,... More

DOL-Joint Bar Association Commented On the Longshore Pre-Hearing Statement, Form LS-18

The DOL-Joint Bar Association recently submitted comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to slightly modify the Pre-Hearing Statement, Form LS-18. The... More

NASA Issues Final Rule Clarifying A Contractor’s Resonsibility to Obtain and Maintain Longshore and Defense Base Act Insurance

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently issued a Final Rule discussing a contractor’s... More

What Happens if a Longshore Attorney Accepts Fees Without Receiving Prior Approval?

An award of attorney fees for Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“Longshore Act”) and Defense Base Act claims must adhere to specific statutory... More

Fifth Circuit Addresses Bailment and Eroding Policy Limits After Vessel Sank

 National Liability & Fire Ins. Co. v. R&R Marine, Inc., — F.3d —- (5th Cir. 2014): This case arises after the sinking, and subsequent... More

Rhode Island Addresses the Scope of a Seaman’s Entitlement to Unearned Wages

In a lengthy decision, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island addressed a number of Jones Act-related issues, ultimately holding: (1) that the trial justice’s... More

Maritime Law Did Not Apply to Guest’s Drunk Driving Accident

The Supreme Court of Texas recently determined that admiralty jurisdiction did not apply to a horrific drunk driving crash simply because the driver responsible... More

Benefits Review Board Addresses Competing Audiograms and Longshore Hearing Loss

Claimant was employed by Employer from 1977 to 1987.  Thereafter, he worked for a number of other non-maritime employers.  In 2006, Claimant underwent a... More