Fourth Circuit Denies LHWCA Attorney’s Fees Because Compensation Was Paid Within 30 Days

In a new, important Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) decision, the Fourth Circuit addressed Section 928(a) attorney’s fees and the meaning of... More

Plaintiff-Seaman Can’t Recover Emotional Damages For Witnessing Injury To Someone Else

Plaintiff worked as a vessel repair supervisor at his employer’s shipyard facility.   His primary responsibility was the maintenance and repair of Employer’s life boats. ... More

Fifth Circuit Holds that Carrier Has Right of Reimbursement Against a Jones Act Settlement

In a new published decision, the Fifth Circuit addressed “whether an insurer who makes voluntary [Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”)] payments to... More

Dock Owners Liability

Boarding and disembarking from vessels. Without a second thought, mariners do it day in and day out – – most of the time without... More

BRB: Adult Child On Social Security Was Not Entitled to Death Benefits

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) published a new opinion addressing the definitions of “child” and “dependent,” as used in the Longshore and Harbor Workers’... More

HIPAA and the Longshore Act

Part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) addresses patient privacy.  Certain procedures must be followed when sensitive health information is transferred,... More

Eleventh Circuit: Seafarer’s Agreement Required Arbitration of Jones Act Claim

Plaintiff, a Honduran citizen, injured his back while working as a mason aboard a Carnival vessel.  The injury required surgery and eventually led to... More

SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Appeal of Longshore Modification Decision

On February 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Cox v. Director, OWCP, which was a Longshore decision from... More

Loyola’s Annual Longshore Conference is Right Around the Corner

This year’s Annual Longshore Conference is scheduled for March 20-21, 2014.  The conference is presented by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and... More

Alabama: Prior Longshore Settlement Not Determinative of Seaman Status

Purdue and Williams worked as line handlers for a shipping company that provided line-handling services to vessels docking and undocking at various terminals in... More