Virtual Formal Hearings Are Now Mandated

On June 1, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor, issued Administrative Order 2020-MIS-00008, which... More

DLHWC Implements Several New Procedures

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) has implemented a series... More

Our Response to COVID-19

MBLB has a number of commitments, paramount of which is to serve our clients well. As important is our commitment to our team and... More

OWCP Announces Rate Increases

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs of the United States Department of Labor has announced the cost of living adjustment effective October 1, 2019.... More

Under LHWCA, Excusable Neglect Standard Applies to Late Filed Attorney Fee Petition

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the excusable neglect standard applies to late filed attorney fee petitions under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation... More

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