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

Under DBA, Petitions for Review With Circuit Court Should Be Filed Where District Director is Located

The Ninth Circuit previously issued dictum in Pearce v. Dir., Off. of Workers’ Compen. Programs stating that a petition for review of a compensation order... More

Under LHWCA, Excusable Neglect Standard Applies to Late Filed Attorney Fee Petition

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the excusable neglect standard applies to late filed attorney fee petitions under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation... More

The Internet of Things: A Discovery Nightmare

In a meeting this week, Julie Lafargue, who recently joined MBLB as a member, encountered a “smart coffee cup,” touted by its manufacturer as... More

Alan Brackett to Moderate Annual Longshore Conference; Simone Yoder to Speak on Panel

Member Alan G. Brackett will once again act as a moderator at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 2019 Annual Longshore Conference being... More

ALJ Finds Post-Promotion Wages Controlling for DBA Claimant

A recent decision from the Office of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) in Wells v. Mantech Corp., 2017-LDA-00239 (December 4, 2018) addressed the proper calculation... More

Benefits Review Board Affirms Denial of LHWCA Death Benefits

In a recent case, Hale v. BAE Systems, BRB No. 17-0523 (October 10, 2018), the Benefits Review Board (BRB) affirmed the denial of death... More

Internal Revenue Service Issues 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,... More

BRB Vacates Award for Pre-Controversion Attorney’s Fees in Hearing Loss Case

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently entered a Decision and Order reversing an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) award of attorney’s fees on a disputed... More