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

Solicitor Files Brief in Blackwater Security Consulting v. Director, OWCP

In a prior post, we discussed an Employer’s and Carrier’s Petition for Certiorari filed with the Supreme Court.  The Petition was very even-toned and took... More

Pollution Buyback Notice Provision Was Condition Precedent To Recovery

On June 18, 2013, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in the case captioned In re Matter of Complaint... More

Books for Longshore and DBA Practitioners

For all of the great information available online, I am still a fan of books.  These are some of the Longshore and DBA books that... More

In a Longshore or DBA Case, What Should Be the Geographic Boundaries for the Relevant Labor Market in Alaska?

Alaska is the largest state in the United States, over twice the size of Texas.  It is larger than the combined area of the... More

Supreme Court Overturns the Port of Los Angeles’s Placard Requirement

From the Supreme Court’s syllabus in American Trucking Associations, Inc.  v. City of Los Angeles, California: The Port of Los Angeles, a division of... More

The DSM-5’s New PTSD Diagnostic Criteria

The American Psychiatric Association finally published the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, commonly known as the DSM-5.  Changes... More