Paying A Seaman’s Wages

The rights of U.S. seamen under the law are, by tradition, closely guarded by the Courts.  This includes the seaman’s right to wages, which... More

Fifth Circuit Addresses Both Vessel Owner and Time Charterer Liability Under Section 905(b)

In Scindia Steam Navigation Co. v. De Los Santos, 451 U.S. 156 (1981), the Supreme Court defined a vessel’s duty to longshoremen, holding that... More

New OWCP Bulletin Addresses War Hazards Compensation Act Procedure – Part 2

This post continues the review of OWCP Bulletin No. 12-01, which was issued on October 6, 2011.  The Bulletin focuses on the direct payment... More

New OWCP Bulletin Addresses War Hazards Compensation Act Procedure – Part 1

On October 6, 2011, the Department of Labor issued OWCP Bulletin No. 12-01, which supplements information contained in the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA)... More

Section 8(f) Relief Overturned Because of Deficient Record

On October 31, 2005, the claimant sustained a compensable rotator cuff injury and, after a hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) awarded benefits.  The ALJ also... More

Eleventh Circuit’s Borrowed-Employment Standard for Longshore Cases

Author: Jon B. Robinson Recently, the United States Court for the Eleventh Circuit addressed the Longshore Act’s exclusivity provision, Section 905(a), as it applied... More

Vessel Owner Breaches Duty to Provide Prompt Medical Treatment

Author: Jacques P. DeGruy Judge Vance of the Eastern District recently entered partial summary judgment in favor of an injured seaman, finding that the... More

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