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Unconfirmed Drug Test Results Inadmissible for Purposes of Fraud Defense in Workers’ Compensation Claim

In Parson v. Truck Parts & Equipment, Inc. 2019 WL 4805882 (La. 10/1/19), the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed a ruling by the Second Circuit Court... More

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Circuit Split Over Meaning of Safe-Berth Clause

On November 5, 2019, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., Ltd., a March... More

2020 U.S. News-Best Lawyers Ranks Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett a Metropolitan Tier 2 Admiralty & Maritime Law Firm

The 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett a Metropolitan Tier 2 Law... More

Legislation Pending to Amend Minimum Mandatory Insurance Coverage for Interstate Trucking Companies

Currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives is a bill to amend the minimum mandatory insurance coverage for interstate trucking companies from $750,000.00... More

Ruling in Jones Act Case Covers Seafarer Injured Mixing Business and Pleasure

In a recent Jones Act case, Sara Herrera v. 7R Charter Limited, No. 19-10605 (11th Cir. 2019), the court makes clear that a seafaring... More

Courts Rule on the Basis of Qualified Immunity in Clarkson v. White

The trial and appellate courts recently ruled in the case of Clarkson v. White on the basis of qualified immunity—the well-established doctrine that government officials... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Considers First-Party Bad Faith Claim Prescriptive Period

On October 22, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a decision finding that first-party bad faith claims against insurers arise from a contractual relationship... More

First Circuit Upholds OWC Judgment Finding Claimant Forfeited Workers’ Compensation Benefits Due to False Statements

In a recent case, Elmer Creel, Jr. v. American Pride, Inc., the Claimant, Elmer Creel, Jr. was involved in a work-related motor vehicle accident... More

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

Automobile Liability Insurer Remains in Lawsuit Despite Executory Judgment

The Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s decision to grant an automobile liability insurer’s motion for summary... More