International Safe Container Act

The International Safe Container Act (ISCA, 46 U.S.C. 80501-80509), signed into law in 1977, details the requirements for application and compliance with the International... More

Follow Navigable Waters on Twitter

Navigable Waters has a Twitter account, the handle for which is @navwaters: https://twitter.com/navwaters.  This week we will be live tweeting from Loyola University New Orleans’... More

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