Attitude Adjustment: USDC Sanctions Defense Counsel To Mandatory CLE For Misconduct at Deposition of Co-Defendant’s CEO

Magistrate Judge Michael North of the Eastern District of Louisiana recently awarded unusual sanctions in a discovery motion. The issue presented was alleged misconduct... More

5th Circuit Rules That Offshore Floating Oil and Gas Platform Moored on the OCS Floor Is Not a Vessel and Not Subject to Maritime Lien

A recent “unpublished”  decision from the U.S. Fifth Circuit addressed the issue of whether a maritime lien can attach to on offshore floating production platform.  In... More

BP Oil Spill: U.S. District Court Bars Oyster Claims Against Non-BP Defendants Where Claimants Did Not Opt Out of Class Settlement in Master BP Case

Following the BP oil spill, the State of Louisiana constructed a massive sand barrier off its Gulf coast to protect its fragile wetlands.  The... More

U.S. District Judge Dismisses Seaman’s Claim for Punitive Damages on Summary Judgment

In Snyder v. L&M BoTruc Rental, Inc.,  C.A. No. 12-0097, (E.D. La. 2013), plaintiff counsel sued his employer for punitive damages on two separate... More

Clean Water Act: EPA Assesses Pollution Fines and Penalties Against South Louisiana Marine Transportation Company

$525,000 in fines and penalties was assessed recently against an area tug operator/shipyard following its guilty plea earlier this year.  Cenac Towing Co. was... More

BP Oil Spill: Louisiana Fourth Circuit rules that Oyster Damage Claims arising out of Louisiana Emergency Coastal Protection Response must be tried in Baton Rouge; Case transferred from Plaquemines Parish

Following the massive BP oil spill, the State of Louisiana sought to protect a portion of its wetlands by constructing a massive “sand berm”... More

Judge Duval Dismisses Remaining Barge-Through-the Levee Katrina Cases – Interesting Twist on Res Judicata

The impact of Hurricane Katrina continues to be the subject of litigation in South Louisiana.  US District Judge Stanwood Duval of the United States... More

LA First Circuit Recognizes Right to Bring Vessel Owner Limitation Defense in State Court Actions

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal recently ruled that state courts have jurisdiction over a vessel owner’s limitation defense based on the federal... More

Deepwater Horizon: Contractual Indemnity for Gross Negligence or Punitive Damages?

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier recently rendered a very important ruling in the Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill suit that relates to the enforceability of... More