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What is Commutation and How is it Calculated?

Commutation is a procedural remedy whereby an insurance carrier may reduce specific Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) or Defense Base Act (“DBA”)... More

Under LHWCA, State Law Controls Allocation of Fault to Non-Maritime Third Party

In Jowers v. Lincoln Elec. Co., — F.3d —-, 2010 WL 3341651 (5th Cir. 2010), Plaintiff, a supervisor and foreman for Ingalls, a shipbuilding contractor, instituted in  the... More

Contribution, Assignment and Allision in General Maritime Claims

On the morning of February 28, 2008, two drifting barges belonging to U.S. United Bulk Terminal, LLC and its related entities (“United”) struck and... More

What Should I Do When…My Opponent’s Witness Preparation Turned Into Woodshedding

Litigation has been defined as the process of resolving public and private disputes with the help of the courts.  There is a difference, of... More

Negligent Allision of Moving Vessel With Stationary Vessel

Plaintiff, a yacht broker and expert fishing vessel operator, planned a weekend fishing trip with friends aboard the 29-foot M/V Tuner.  A tropical storm delayed... More

U.S. Department of Labor Releases New AWW Estimates

The U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation,  recently released a preliminary estimate of the national average weekly wage for the period commencing... More

Purely Emotional Injuries Under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law?

Can a claimant recover for purely emotional injuries under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law if he suffered no physical contact or injury? This... More

Payment of a Scheduled Award After PTD to PPD Conversion

The Benefits Review Board recently addressed the payment of a scheduled hearing loss impairment rating when a Claimant is simultaneously receiving disability benefits for... More

The Supreme Court Addresses Attorneys Fees and the Lodestar

On April 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States released a significant attorney fee decision: Perdue v. Kenny A.  This decision, which... More

Which Court Has Jurisdiction for DBA Claims?

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently addressed the Defense Base Act’s Judicial Proceedings provision, 42 U.S.C. § 1653(b), to determine... More