Cap on Punitive Damage Under Fire

In 2008, nineteen years after Exxon’s supertanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef fracturing its hull and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil... More

Deepwater Horizon A Vessel, Admiralty and OCSLA Jurisdiction Applied, Etc.

On August 26, 2011, Judge Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana issued his Order and Reasons in response to various Motions to Dismiss... More

Mooring: The Respective Duties and Responsibilities of Vessel and Wharfinger

A heavily laden bulk carrier is scheduled to arrive at midnight at your wharf on the Mississippi River.  The river is running high and... More

W.D. Wash: Loss of Consortium Available in Unseaworthiness Claim

In an opinion that is interpretive of the landmark decision in Atlantic Sounding Co., Inc. v. Townsend, 129 S.Ct. 2561 (2009), U.S. District Judge... More

Eleventh Circuit’s Borrowed-Employment Standard for Longshore Cases

Section 905(a) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) provides that an employer’s liability for workers’ compensation benefits to an employee “shall be... More

The Value of Thorough Pre-employment Screening

In the maritime work force, workers fall generally into two groups.  There are those who work aboard vessels and in the eyes of the... More

Louisiana: A State Employee May Sue Louisiana Under the Jones Act

On July 1, 2011, the Supreme Court of Louisiana held that Louisiana waived its sovereign immunity from suit for injury to persons, and that... More

OSHA’s Vertical Tandem Lift Standard Addressed by D.C. Circuit

On December 10, 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a final rule regulating the use of vertical tandem lifts (“VTLs”).  The... More

Bridge Vacuumer Was Not a Longshoreman

Claimant’s main duty in his employment with employer was to vacuum debris which fell into a containment area on a bridge over the Ohio... More

New OSHA Regs for Shipyards: 29 C.F.R. § 1915, Subpart F

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are statutorily responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees.  The Department of Labor’s... More