The Fourth Amendment Rights vs. Boarding Power of the United States Coast Guard

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,... More

When Does a Negligent Act Become Intentional?

When a non-seaman worker is injured on the job in Louisiana, whether he is working a “land- based” job or working as a longshoreman... More

Expansion of the Duty to Pay Maintenance and Cure?

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (sitting in New York City), decided the case of Messier v. Bouchard Transportation, on... More

More on Cell Phone Use in the Maritime Industry

Making headlines recently was the multi-million dollar settlement of the death and injury claims arising out of the July 7, 2010 collision of the... More

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Litigation

When the attorney for a person allegedly injured in an accident filed his lawsuit, he would almost without exception, include claims for anxiety, stress... More

Passenger Vessel Responsibility

In recent months the cruise industry has been in the headlines.  Not so much due to the lifestyle of fun, luxury and glamour which... More

No Windfall to Injured Employees

In January this year two decisions, one from the Louisiana Supreme Court and the other from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, placed limits... More

Paying A Seaman’s Wages

The rights of U.S. seamen under the law are, by tradition, closely guarded by the Courts.  This includes the seaman’s right to wages, which... More

Cap on Punitive Damage Under Fire

In 2008, nineteen years after Exxon’s supertanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef fracturing its hull and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil... More

Mooring: The Respective Duties and Responsibilities of Vessel and Wharfinger

A heavily laden bulk carrier is scheduled to arrive at midnight at your wharf on the Mississippi River.  The river is running high and... More