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

When is the Employer Responsible for Actions of the Employee?

Last month the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its decision in Beech v. Hercules Drilling Company and reversed the ruling of the District... 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

New OSHA Rule-Making In Progress: I2P2

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in the process of developing new workplace standards that would call upon employers to identify hazards... 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

When is a Towing Vessel an Inspected Vessel?

A rule adopted by the Courts is that if a seaman (as defined by the Jones Act) is injured as a consequence of his... 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