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Fifth Circuit: Maritime Carpenter Not Covered by LHWCA

The Fifth Circuit recently issued a new decision addressing the limits of jurisdiction under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  The claimant, a... More

OWC Applies Annual Increase to Benefit Rates

Effective September 1, 2016, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Office of Workers’ Compensation will increase its minimum and maximum compensation rates.  The new maximum compensation... More

Civil Trial to Proceed Against Williams Olefins Plant

On June 13, 2013, the Williams Olefins plant, located in Geismer on the Ascension-Iberville parish line, was undergoing a $300 million ethylene expansion.  A... More

Police Officer’s Appeal For PTD Benefits Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction

In January 2013, a Bogalusa police officer was injured in the course of his employment when his gun got caught on the steering wheel... More

Eleventh Circuit Considers Challenge to Admiralty Jurisdiction in Florida Drainage Canal Injury

On August 3, 2016, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Tundidor v. Miami-Dade County, a case highlighting an... More

LWC Office Closures Due to Flooding

The LWC headquarters in Baton Rouge are closed today – Monday, August 15, 2016.  In addition to the headquarters closure, the LWC offices in... More

Louisiana on the Forefront of Controversial “Right to Try” Laws

Louisiana’s “Right To Try” law, which gives terminally ill patients access to medicines not yet approved by the FDA, went into effect on August... More

$23 Million Punitive Damage Award Upheld by Louisiana Appellate Court

On June 29, 2016, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a jury’s award of $23 million in punitive damages to the family... More

Louisiana Offers Legal Protection to Police Officers and Firefighters

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill, Act 184, that serves to offer Louisiana’s police force additional legal protection amid a particularly turbulent... More

Circumstantial Evidence Insufficient to Overcome Clearly Erroneous Standard of Review

Decedent’s wife appealed the Workers’ Compensation Judge’s (“WCJ”) finding that she failed to establish her husband was in the course and scope of his... More