Fourth Circuit: Defendant’s Promise to Remedy an Icy Deck Made it Liable to Injured Longshoreman

Defendant, Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG, appealed a judgment entered on a jury verdict in a longshoreman’s Section 905(b) claim.  See 33 U.S.C.... More

ADA Guidelines for Passenger Vessels

The U.S. Department of Transportation will in the near future be issuing new accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of passenger vessels covered... More

Plaintiff Could Not Maintain Maritime Claims Against a Non-Employer and Non-Boat Owner

 A pro se plaintiff was hired by an independent contractor for BP America, Inc., to work as a boat hand, installing, inspecting and maintaining... More

Solicitor’s Arguments Rejected in Settlement Approval Order

This post addresses a really interesting settlement order.  Two represented parties attempted to enter into a settlement.  The District Director disapproved the settlement on... More

Preliminary NAWW Estimates for October 1, 2013

The Department of Labor issued its preliminary estimates for the new National Average Weekly Wage, which is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2013.  These... More

Chief Justice John Roberts’ Favorite Case From the Past Term Was Lozman

Here’s an interesting video where John Roberts calls the Lozman case his favorite from the past term.  Tip of the hat to the folks... More

Supreme Court of Alabama Addressed Longshore Exclusivity and Preemption

The Supreme Court of Alabama issued an interesting decision recently.  An injured worker filed a state lawsuit against his employer.  The injured worker alleged,... More

Hybrid Semi-Submersible Drilling Rig/Spar Not a Vessel

Plaintiffs filed suit against the ATP Titan in rem asserting a maritime lien for unpaid costs and services. Defendant, the ATP Titan filed a... More

En Banc Fifth Circuit Tightens Situs Requirement for Longshore Act

An en banc decision of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has vastly amended the scope of the situs requirement under the... More

Second Circuit Gives Seamen Overtime Pay as a Component of Unearned Wages

A class of seafarers who were discharged from service on Maersk ships due to illness or injury sought overtime pay that they would have... More