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

OSHA’s Proposed Electronic Recordkeeping Proposal

In November, 2013 the Occupational Safety Health Administration issued a proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health through improved tracking of workplace injuries... 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

Government Accepting Comments About the Longshore Act’s Pre-Hearing Statement

When a Longshore or Defense Base Act claim starts, it is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program’s Division of Longshore and Harbor... 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

Beach Cleaner Was Not Injured On a Longshore Situs

In an unpublished decision, the Fifth Circuit addressed Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act coverage for an employee cleaning beaches after the Deepwater Horizon... 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

BRB: The Binding Nature of Stipulations and Employer’s Burden When Proving Suitable Alternative Employment

In a recent decision, the Benefit Review Board denied Claimant’s appeal of an Order of Modification rendered by the District Director on a Longshore... More