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

Fortuity Doctrine Prevented Coverage for Known Loss Following Boating Accident

The Fifth Circuit recently issued an unpublished decision discussing the application of the “fortuity doctrine” under Texas Law.  The underlying lawsuit involved a boating... More

Supreme Court Petition Filed in Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots

On April 18, 2014, counsel for Jennifer Dize, the personal representative of the Estate of William Smith Dize, filed a interesting and very well-written... More

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

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The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently discussed average weekly wage calculations in an unpublished Defense Base Act decision.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

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