Fifth Circuit Judge Authors Important Special Concurrence to Own Opinion in Seaman Status Case

Fifth Circuit Judge W. Eugene Davis authored an important special concurrence to his own opinion in a seaman status case, Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of... More

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Limitation Action for Failure to Comply with Notice Provisions

The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851 entitles a vessel owner to limit its liability for most claims arising out of a maritime casualty... More

COVID-19 Fuels Debate Over Waiver of Jones Act’s Coastwise Trade Restrictions

The COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted the United States economy. The maritime industry, as part of the global supply chain, is certainly no exception.... More

MBLB’s Successful Summary Judgment in § 1983 Civil Rights Case Affirmed by U.S. Fifth Circuit

In February 2019, MBLB Members Mark E. Hanna and Trevor M. Cutaiar secured a summary dismissal of a plaintiff’s § 1983 claims against two... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Reverses Third Circuit Vessel Status in Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Company

In July 2019, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal garnered significant attention with its decision in Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Company, 18-868,... More

No Defense and Indemnity Where MSA Failed “Express Negligence” Doctrine

In a recent contractual dispute case, Gulf Crane Services, Inc. v. Total Safety U.S., Inc., 2019 WL 4603753 (S.D. Tex. 8/22/19), Magistrate Judge Nancy... More

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Circuit Split Over Meaning of Safe-Berth Clause

On November 5, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., Ltd., a March... More

Louisiana Third Circuit Changes Course on Vessel Status of Riverboat Casinos

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal recently addressed an issue it has confronted a number of times in the past: whether a riverboat... More

Fifth Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Offshore Employee’s Drug Test Evidence and Substantial Jury Award

In a recent admiralty and maritime case, Hale v. Wood Grp. PSN, Inc., No. 18-31090, 2019 WL 1773276, at *2 (5th Cir. Apr. 22,... More

Summary Judgment Granted on Claim Arising out of Angola Prison Knife Attack

A security officer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana was sued by an Angola inmate, Alfred Deal, for failing to stop another... More