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Fourth Circuit Clarifies Distinction Between Attacks on a Court’s Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Attacks on the Sufficiency or Merits of a Claim

After suffering an injury to his hand, Timothy Holloway filed suit under the Jones Act against his alleged employers, Pagan River Dockside Seafood and... More

Prior Bad Acts Relevant to Damages and Future-Earnings Calculation

Plaintiff suffered serious on-the-job injuries when he fell from a cylindrical cell tower.   Thereafter, Plaintiff and his wife sued Plaintiff’s employer, as well as... More

Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Untimely Limitation Action

 Lorne Jackson, a crew member of a tug owned and operated by Marquette Transportation Company Gulf-Inland LLC (“Marquette”) was seriously injured when his leg... More

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