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Supreme Court Grants Another “Vessel” Case. Casino Boats Beware.

On February 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari for Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida.  The issue is... More

Deepwater Horizon: Contractual Indemnity for Gross Negligence or Punitive Damages?

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier recently rendered a very important ruling in the Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill suit that relates to the enforceability of... More

No Windfall to Injured Employees

In January this year two decisions, one from the Louisiana Supreme Court and the other from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, placed limits... More

Louisiana Third Circuit Follows Suit, Holds Casino Boat Not a Vessel

An intoxicated patron fell down the stairs of the M/V CROWN CASINO, a riverboat casino owned by St. Charles Gaming Company, Inc.  the plaintiff... More

SCOTUS Decides Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid.  The syllabus of the opinion, which was written... More

New Final Rule for LHWCA’s Exclusion of Recreational Vessel Workers

The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act’s exclusion for recreational vessel workers.  The final... More

Law of Adjacent State Does Not Apply Under OCSLA Where Federal Maritime Law Applies of its Own Force

In June 2007, Rodney Hamm was injured during his employment with Rodan Marine Services II, LLC (“Rodan”).  At the time of his injury, Hamm... More

Paying A Seaman’s Wages

The rights of U.S. seamen under the law are, by tradition, closely guarded by the Courts.  This includes the seaman’s right to wages, which... More

Louisiana Federal Judge Dismisses Katrina Claim Filed Four Years Too Late

Author: Trevor M. Cutaiar Northshore Apothecary suffered damage to its building in Slidell as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  The hurricane damaged both the... More

Fifth Circuit Addresses Both Vessel Owner and Time Charterer Liability Under Section 905(b)

In Scindia Steam Navigation Co. v. De Los Santos, 451 U.S. 156 (1981), the Supreme Court defined a vessel’s duty to longshoremen, holding that... More