The Louisiana Rule Sinks Limitation of Liability

A U.S. District Court in Florida recently dealt a fatal blow to a barge owner’s attempt to have its liability limited under the Shipowners... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: Unseaworthiness

February 23, 2022 If you ask the average person on the street what a “seaworthy” vessel is, the person will probably say that a... More

Life Care Plans Driving Up Cost of Personal Injury Litigation

With increasing frequency, personal injury litigants are utilizing the services of doctors and pseudo medical experts to help define the value of their personal... More

MBLB Casualty Team Deals Double Whammy in Industrial Accident Lawsuit 

Member Trevor Cutaiar successfully argued two motions in Louisiana state court in a hotly contested personal injury lawsuit arising out of an industrial accident.... More

Able-Bodied Seamen Deemed Not a Seamen

In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant ruling regarding the test for seaman status. However, unlike most... More

Suit for Fear of Contracting COVID-19 Dismissed

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19, litigation (both frivolous and meritous) was a foregone conclusion. The floodgates have opened, and the court dockets are... More

COVID-19 Spawns Litigation

As the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold, the next wave of this calamity is beginning to swell: litigation. Already, there... More

Maintenance and Cure at Risk by Failing to Fully Disclose Medical History

Hiring personnel typically starts the same way: an interested worker prepares a job application for review by the prospective employer. The application is a... More

Supreme Court Bars Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness

In June, the U. S. Supreme Court issued a significant ruling beneficial to maritime industry. In Dutra Group v. Batterton, the Court resolved a... More

Watch Out When Ending Maintenance and Cure

A fundamental right of seamen is maintenance and cure benefits. A shipowner owes the seaman these benefits without regard to fault if he is... More