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

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Minton. Punitive Damages Are Not Available Under the LHWCA.

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Minton v. Exxon Mobil Corp.  That means that the Court will not review... More

BRB Addresses Section 33 and Borrowing Employers

Claimant, a resident of the United Kingdom, was injured while working overseas for a Defense Base Act (“DBA”) contractor.  Carrier paid DBA benefits to... More

BRB: Claimant’s Security Guard Job Was Not Maritime Employment

Claimant worked for Employer as a security guard.  During the regular work week, Claimant manned the entry gates.  On weekends, his security rounds happened... More

The Seaman’s Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114

Enacted by Congress in 1984, the Seaman’s Protection Act was “intended to facilitate Coast Guard enforcement of maritime regulations . . . by guaranteeing... More