Supreme Court to Resolve Punitive Damages for Jones Act Seamen

On December 7, 2018, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Dutra Group v. Batterton (18-266). As we reported on... More

Circuits Split on Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness

An overriding premise of admiralty and maritime law is the quest for uniformity. Over the centuries, this has proven problematic, as this area of... More

President Trump Issues Executive Order on ALJs

In response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission issued last month, which ruled the SEC’s appointment... More

Update on Lucia v. SEC and the Constitutionality of ALJs

As we reported, on June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, finding the... More

Supreme Court Ruling That ALJs Are Unconstitutional Impacts LHWCA and DBA Claims

A decision today by the United States Supreme Court impacts administrative law judges serving in the Department of Labor who adjudicate claims under the Longshore and... More

Alan Brackett selected for New Orleans CityBusiness 2018 Leadership in Law

Member, Alan G. Brackett, has been selected as an honoree for the New Orleans CityBusiness 2018 Leadership in Law class, which recognizes 50 area... More

Benefits Review Board To Enforce Attorney Fee Petition Deadline

The Clerk of the Benefits Review Board (BRB) has issued a notice to the community that the Board has reviewed its policy concerning handling... More

Punitive Damages Not Available For Failure To Pay Maintenance & Cure

In a case of first impression, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington has held that punitive damages for the... More

Death on Platform in State Waters May Be Within OCSLA Jurisdiction

A worker was killed on a platform located in Louisiana state waters when a pressurized valve blew, striking him in the head. The platform... More

Same Sex Spouse Can Recover Under DOHSA

In what appears to be a case of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has held a same... More