Fifth Circuit: Offshore Supply Vessel Faces Liability for “Towing Vessel” Classification

In Shell Offshore, Inc. v. Tesla Offshore, L.L.C., No. 16-30528, 2018 WL 4844687 (5th Cir. Oct. 5, 2018), Fifth Circuit ruled on liability based on the... More

Fifth Circuit Defines Scope of Vessel Liability Under Oil Pollution Act of 1990

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in USA v. Nature’s Way Marine, LLC et al, addressing the statutory definition... More

DOL Clarifies Requirements for Coverage of Psychiatric Injury Claims Under War Hazards Compensation Act

On June 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) issued FECA Bulletin No. 18-03 to clarify the requirements... More

Fifth Circuit Vacates Summary Judgment and Allows Consideration of Plaintiff’s Expert

The plaintiff allegedly sustained injuries when he fell on a vessel owned by his employer.  He filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court... More

Fifth Circuit Rejects Vicarious Liability Claim From Personnel Basket Injury

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today addressing the vicarious liability of a principal contractor for its independent contractors.  The... More

Ninth Circuit Finds DBA Claimant Failed to Establish Employee-Employer Relationship

The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the employer-employee relationship required in a claim under the Defense Base Act.  Claimant worked as a contractor truck driver... More

Fifth Circuit: Maritime Carpenter Not Covered by LHWCA

The Fifth Circuit recently issued a new decision addressing the limits of jurisdiction under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  The claimant, a... More

Drilling Rig Exclusion Precluded Insured’s Reimbursement Claim Against Excess Insurer

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently addressed an insurance coverage question involving an excess insurer and an offshore injury.  The Plaintiff was... More

Tides Are Turning: The Arrival of Subchapter M

*This article was prepared by our summer law clerk, Ridge Miguez.   On June 20, 2016 the U.S. Coast Guard posted a preview of... More

Plaintiff’s Construction Defect Claims Against Offshore Spar Manufacturer Dismissed

In June 2011, an offshore worker was injured on a spar (a floating platform shaped like a giant buoy) on the outer continental shelf when he... More