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MBLB Casualty Team Deals Double Whammy in Industrial Accident Lawsuit 

Member Trevor Cutaiar successfully argued two motions in Louisiana state court in a hotly contested personal injury lawsuit arising out of an industrial accident.... More

Able-Bodied Seamen Deemed Not a Seamen

In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant ruling regarding the test for seaman status. However, unlike most... More

MBLB Launches Expansive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett strives to be a diverse law firm. Our goal is to create and maintain an environment that welcomes and... More

Will the Duty to Mitigate Damages Apply in Cases Under the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020?

On June 30, 2020, the Louisiana Legislature passed House Bill 57, the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, which represents a compromise on the... More

In Workers’ Compensation Case, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal Finds Employee May be Compelled to Undergo an Independent Medical Examination

In the consolidated workers’ compensation cases of Musson Patout Auto. Grp v. Maynard, 2021 WL 265779, 2020-218 (La. App. 3 Cir. 1/27/21), the Third... More

Fifth Circuit Rejects Implication of Vessel Owner’s “Turnover Duty” Where Hazard Was Open and Obvious in LHWCA Case

In re Ecoserv, LLC, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 570, 2021 WL 26953 (La. App. 5 Cir.  01/04/21), Plaintiff-in-Limitation, Ecoserv, filed a Motion for Summary... More

Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms District Court Decision in LHWCA Claim Against Vessel Under 905(b)

In a recent Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) case, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reaffirmed its recent... More

COVID-19 Impact on Workers’ Compensation Claims

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) addresses how the massive slowdown of economic activity early in the pandemic impacted workers’... More

First Circuit Upholds Doctrine of Uberrimae Fidei Requiring a Marine Insurance Policyholder to Act in “Utmost Good Faith”

In a recent case, QBE Seguros v. Carlos A. Morales-Vázquez, No. 19-1503, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (January 19, 2021),... More

2021 Loyola College of Law Annual Longshore Conference Goes Virtual; Alan Brackett and Patrick Babin to Represent MBLB

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has announced its 2021 Annual Longshore Conference presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, will be... More