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

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