Social Media Discovery Has Its Limits

In a marine personal injury action, the defendant requested from plaintiff in discovery “all Facebook activity” since the accident date, as well as plaintiff’s Facebook... More

Motel 6 Franchisor Dismissed on Summary Judgment

Following a shooting at a Motel 6 in New Orleans East that left the plaintiff a paraplegic, suit was filed against the national and... More

Disfiguring, but Not Disabling

On November 20, 2013, Ta’Shanta Dupard, Claimant, was involved in a work-related injury while working for MMR Constructors, Inc. (MMR), when a four pound... More

“I’m on a boat!”- Well, Then Maybe You’re a Seaman

The law has long held that seamen are afforded special protections. As early as 1823, the law recognized the perils of this particular profession:... More

Change of Case Strategy Leads to Judicial Confession

Plaintiff filed a personal injury action against his employer, Industrial, and other defendants for sustaining injuries when falling from Industrial’s helicopter. Industrial’s principal business... More

Minor Discrepancies In Claimant’s Testimony Did Not Justify Forfeiture

Claimant fell and injured her back while in the course and scope of her employment with Employer.  The workers’ compensation judge awarded Claimant benefits... More

Statute of Limitations in Maritime Cases not Limited to Vessels Engaged in Commerce

Plaintiff was injured while aboard Defendant’s pleasure yacht on October 25, 2011.  On January 29, 2015, Plaintiff filed a negligence based lawsuit in federal... More

Elsewhere, in…: Alabama

An Alabama roofing contractor was supervising five-man crew in a roofing project when a severe thunderstorm struck. One man suffered a left arm amputation... More

Arbitration Provision in Salvage Contract Binding

A vessel owner, Farnsworth, brought action against a towboat company, seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the towboat company from enforcing the arbitration clause... More

Is the McCorpen Defense Preserved For Subsequent Employers?

Under the doctrine commonly referred to as the McCorpen defense, a seaman can be denied his rights to maintenance and cure. In order to... More