Rhode Island Addresses the Scope of a Seaman’s Entitlement to Unearned Wages

In a lengthy decision, the Supreme Court of Rhode Island addressed a number of Jones Act-related issues, ultimately holding: (1) that the trial justice’s... More

Maritime Law Did Not Apply to Guest’s Drunk Driving Accident

The Supreme Court of Texas recently determined that admiralty jurisdiction did not apply to a horrific drunk driving crash simply because the driver responsible... More

Second Circuit Extends Federal Admiralty Jurisdiction to Foreign Judgment

D’Amico Dry Ltd. v.  Primera Mar. (Hellas) Ltd., — F.3d —- (2d Cir. 2014). This case comes before the United States Second Circuit Court... More

More Briefs Filed in Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots

In 1995, the Supreme Court decided Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis, 515 U.S. 347 (1995), wherein it announced a test for determining “seaman” status.  To... More

Defense Base Act Contractor Denied Vaccine Act Compensation

Petitioner worked for Fluor as a military contractor.  On February 1, 2012, while employed by Fluor in Afghanistan, he received a flu vaccine and... More

How Does DLHWC Divide Longshore Death Benefits Between Spouse and Child When the Maximum Compensation Rate Applies?

Today’s post discusses different methods employed by the Department of Labor’s Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (“DLHWC”) for the calculation of death... More

No Work-Related Stress Claims Under the Jones Act, Says 11th Circuit

William Skye worked a lot.  A whole lot.  Skye worked between 90 and 105 hours per week for 70 to 84 days at a... More

Fortuity Doctrine Prevented Coverage for Known Loss Following Boating Accident

The Fifth Circuit recently issued an unpublished decision discussing the application of the “fortuity doctrine” under Texas Law.  The underlying lawsuit involved a boating... More

Supreme Court Petition Filed in Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots

On April 18, 2014, counsel for Jennifer Dize, the personal representative of the Estate of William Smith Dize, filed a interesting and very well-written... More

Military Contractors Are a Way of Life, Now and in the Future

How important are contractors to the Department of Defense?  Very.  Contractors are indispensable.  According to the Congressional Research Service (“CRS”), “the military is unable... More