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

Second Circuit Extends Federal Admiralty Jurisdiction to Foreign Judgment

D’Amico Dry Ltd. v.  Primera Mar. (Hellas) Ltd., — F.3d —- (2d Cir. 2014). This case comes before the United States Second Circuit Court... More

False Distress Call Results in Serious Criminal Penalties

In March 2012, an aircraft pilot falsely reported observing a fishing boat with four passengers in distress in Lake Erie.  In response to the... More

More Briefs Filed in Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots

In 1995, the Supreme Court decided Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis, 515 U.S. 347 (1995), wherein it announced a test for determining “seaman” status.  To... More

Defense Base Act Contractor Denied Vaccine Act Compensation

Petitioner worked for Fluor as a military contractor.  On February 1, 2012, while employed by Fluor in Afghanistan, he received a flu vaccine and... More

How Does DLHWC Divide Longshore Death Benefits Between Spouse and Child When the Maximum Compensation Rate Applies?

Today’s post discusses different methods employed by the Department of Labor’s Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (“DLHWC”) for the calculation of death... More

No Work-Related Stress Claims Under the Jones Act, Says 11th Circuit

William Skye worked a lot.  A whole lot.  Skye worked between 90 and 105 hours per week for 70 to 84 days at a... More

Longshoreman’s Claim Against Vessel Owner

Assume that you own a commercial vessel and decide that it is time to put her in drydock and have work done on the... More