Ninth Circuit Affirms Benefits Review Board’s Finding of Untimely Motion for Reconsideration in LHWCA Case

In a recent Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) case, Zumwalt v. National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., No. 18-72257 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2019)... More

United States 5th Circuit Rejects Employee’s Request for Additional LHWCA Benefits

In Bourgeois v. Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, United States, 2020 WL 29940 (5th Cir. 2020), the United States Court of Appeals for... More

Wisconsin District Court Addresses Different Claims Available to Different Maritime Workers

In a recent case, White v. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, the Wisconsin District Court addressed different claims available to different maritime workers, answering the question:... More

Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Psychological Compensation Resulting from Physical Injuries

Claims for workers’ compensation benefits, as well as claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Defense Base Act... 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

Claim Dismissed Against Employer and Insurance Carrier for Alleged HIPAA Violation

In a recent case, Bowles v. Apro International Inc., the employer was able to obtain a dismissal of the claim because the claimant was... More

Patrick Babin to Present Webinar on Hearing Loss in Defense Base Act

Member Patrick Babin will join Dr. Laurie S. Hebert, Co-Director of Creel Hearing Center, to present an educational webinar, “Presumption of Causation and Hearing... More

U.S. Court has Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Ship Management Company

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently published an opinion, Carmona v. Leo Ship Management, Inc., addressing the proper jurisdiction of a lawsuit involving... More

Recent Opinion from Eastern District of Louisiana Addresses Litigation Funding Companies

The rise of litigation finance companies is now well-documented, up to and including Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. As noted by the ABA Journal,... More

Penalties Increase for Employers Under the LHWCA

As of January 23, 2019, three monetary penalties for employers under the LHWCA have increased in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment... More

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