Military Contractors Are a Way of Life, Now and in the Future

How important are contractors to the Department of Defense?  Very.  Contractors are indispensable.  According to the Congressional Research Service (“CRS”), “the military is unable... More

Removal of a General Maritime Claim

A recent amendment to the widely-utilized removal statute, 28 U.S.C § 1441, now allows for removal of a general maritime law claim to federal... More

Loyola’s Annual Longshore Conference 2014

The 2014 Annual Longshore Conference hosted by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law took place over 2 jam-packed days this past March 20-21,... More

Florida Court Strikes Award of Attorney’s Fees to a Seaman Under Florida’s Offer of Judgment Statute

Plaintiff worked for Employer and made a claim for Jones Act negligence, failure to treat, maintenance and cure, unearned wages and unseaworthiness.  Prior to... More

BRB: ALJs are Not Required to Use K.S. to Calculate Average Weekly Wage

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently discussed average weekly wage calculations in an unpublished Defense Base Act decision.  In Hamidzada v. Mission Essential Personnel,... More

Summary of the 1972 Amendment to the Longshore Act Regarding Attorneys’ Fees

It is sort of a slow news day, so here is a little slice of history.  In 1972, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation... More

Summary Judgment Was Not Appropriate in Jones Act Case Against Louisiana

Plaintiff worked on a ferry boat operated by the State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development.  On August 1, 2007, she slipped and... More

BRB Questions Whether Work or Adultery and Drugs Led to Suicide

Decedent worked as a pest control specialist in Iraq for one and a half years.  Upon returning to the United States in June 2006,... More

Reporting a Marine Casualty: When is it Necessary?

Since 1986 those in the maritime industry have been required by law to submit to the US Coast Guard a Report of Marine Casualty,... More

Chief Judge of Benefits Review Board to Retire

Hon. Nancy S. Dolder, Chief Judge of the Benefits Review Board, has announced her retirement effective April 30, 2014.  Judge Dolder was appointed as... More