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

BRB Affirms Award Widow’s DBA Death Benefits

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently entered a Decision and Order in Dill v. Service Employees International (BRB No. 18-0014, October 11, 2018), affirming the... More

OALJ Decision Analyzing Average Weekly Wage Important for Defense Base Act Cases

A recent decision from the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) addressed the interplay between Section 10(i) and Section 10(c) of the Longshore &... More

Patrick Babin to Speak at Defense Base Act Seminar

Member Patrick Babin will be speaking at the Dallas DBA Seminar 2019: Trends and Trajectories in Defense Base Act Claims on February 6. Patrick’s... More

Benefits Review Board Confirms Administrative Law Judges May Compel Claimants to Sign Medical Release Forms

In a recent case, Mugerwa v. Aegis Defense Services, BRB No. 17-0407 (4/27/18), the Benefits Review Board upheld an administrative law judge’s decision to... More