NASA Issues Final Rule Clarifying A Contractor’s Resonsibility to Obtain and Maintain Longshore and Defense Base Act Insurance

The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently issued a Final Rule discussing a contractor’s... More

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

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

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

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

False Distress Call Results in Serious Criminal Penalties

In March 2012, an aircraft pilot falsely reported observing a fishing boat with four passengers in distress in Lake Erie.  In response to the... More

More Briefs Filed in Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots

In 1995, the Supreme Court decided Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis, 515 U.S. 347 (1995), wherein it announced a test for determining “seaman” status.  To... More

Defense Base Act Contractor Denied Vaccine Act Compensation

Petitioner worked for Fluor as a military contractor.  On February 1, 2012, while employed by Fluor in Afghanistan, he received a flu vaccine and... More