Christopher Hannan

Christopher Hannan

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District Court Extends Fifth Circuit’s Naquin Decision to Barge Cleaning/Repair Employee

As previously reported (regarding the Naquin decision), the Fifth Circuit recently expanded the scope of Jones Act seaman status to include a shipyard worker who spent 70% of his time working aboard vessels (usually moored to...more

4/14/2014 - Employee Rights Fraud Jones Act Shipyard Industry Wage and Hour

Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra: The Hercules Removal Jurisprudence Sprouts Yet Another Head

In yet another twist in the tortured labors of the Hercules jurisprudence regarding removal of general maritime law claims under 28 U.S.C. §1441(a), the Eastern District of Louisiana has generated a new, divergent “head” on...more

4/14/2014 - Asbestos Complex Litigation Employer Liability Issues Insurers Jones Act Negligence Outer Continental Shelf

Eastern District of Louisiana Rules that Factual Portions of Incident Report by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement...

In the new world of shared regulatory oversight between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and BSEE on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a mundane devil-in-the-details – but nonetheless vitally important question – had...more

4/7/2014 - Admissibility Bureau of Safety and Envirnonmental Enforcement Coast Guard Inadmissible Evidence Investigations Outer Continental Shelf USCG

All That Floats is Not A Boat: Eastern District of Louisiana Jettisons Fifth Circuit’s Holmes Decision, Rules That Quarter Barge...

The three men in the tub will no longer have recourse to the federal courts’ admiralty jurisdiction, at least not in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In Martin v. Fab-Con, Inc., 2014 WL 1246073 (E.D. La. Mar. 24, 2014) – a...more

4/4/2014 - Federal Admiralty Law Negligence Vessels

“One Shelf, One Standard”: Coast Guard Musings On The Status And Future Of The Outer Continental Shelf

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety and Security Council issued the winter issue of its quarterly magazine Proceedings: Journal of Safety and Security at Sea in February, providing insights to the long and...more

4/2/2014 - Outer Continental Shelf USCG

28 U.S.C. §1333 - The Shirt of Nessus that May Bring Down Hercules?

As detailed in numerous prior posts (most recently regarding the Coronel decision), a series of decisions allowing removal of general maritime law (GML) claims by seamen, even when combined with otherwise statutorily...more

3/21/2014 - Jones Act Shipyard Industry

The Labors of Hercules: Federal District Court in Washington Rejects Free Removability of General Maritime Law Claims Under 28...

As reported in two prior posts (The Removal of the Ancient Mariner - The Developing Jurisprudence Allowing Removal of General Maritime Law Claims under the Recent Amendments to 28 U.S.C. §1441(b) and The Removal of the...more

3/14/2014 - Article III Jurisdiction Removal Standing

Fifth Circuit Expands Coverage of Jones Act, Rules That Shipyard Employee Injured in Shore-Based Crane Incident is a Seaman

In a ruling that will likely send shockwaves through the maritime industry and be considered a landmark decision in years to come, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit in Naquin v. Elevating Boats, L.L.C., --- F.3d ---,No....more

3/11/2014 - Bodily Injury Employer Liability Issues Jones Act Shipyard Industry Workplace Injury

Foundering On "Sea-Tossed" Waters? The Fifth Circuit Grants En Banc Rehearing in Estis

After making a splash in October of 2013 with a landmark ruling in McBride v. Estis Well Service, L.L.C., 731 F.3d 505, 517 (5th Cir. 2013) "that punitive damages remain available to seamen as a remedy for the general...more

2/26/2014 - Jones Act Punitive Damages Vessels

The Removal of the Ancient Mariner - Reprising a Sea-Change in Admiralty Law

As originally discussed in a recent post on Striding the Quarterdeck (December 9, 2013), amendments to 28 U.S.C. §1441 have effected a sea-change in admiralty procedure by ostensibly allowing removal of general maritime law...more

1/28/2014 - Federal Admiralty Law Federal Question Jurisdiction Jones Act Removal

Subchapter M - Inspecting the Uninspected

On September 10th of this year, the President and CEO of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) appeared before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and called for finalization by late 2013 or...more

1/23/2014 - Inspections Safety Inspections Vessels

Where's The Fire? Coast Guard Issues Litany Of Proposed Regulations Regarding Fire Protection Systems

In a 106-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has undertaken a wide-ranging overhaul of the standards for fire protection, detection and extinguishment...more

1/22/2014 - Coast Guard Fires Offshore Drilling Outer Continental Shelf Ports Shipping USCG Vessels

Coast Guard Issues Proposed Regulations and NVIC Regarding Marine Casualty Reporting on the OCS

In the continuing regulatory response - even more than three years after the fact - to the DEEPWATER HORIZON disaster, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has led off 2014 with proposed regulations that significantly change...more

1/20/2014 - Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Insurers Outer Continental Shelf

Yo-Ho-Ho and No Exclusion: Louisiana Federal Court Gives Insurer "No Quarter" and Refuses to Apply Terrorism Exclusion for Act of...

The federal district court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in Johnson v. PPI Technology Services, Inc. (Case No. 11-2773, Rec. Doc. 305 (E.D. La. Dec. 17, 2013)) has scuttled an insurer's attempt to avoid coverage for...more

1/9/2014 - Exclusions Insurers Piracy Terrorist Acts

Remember the (M/V) Alamo!: Mexican Reform Invites Maritime Reinforcements

In a moment as pivotal as the Battle of San Jacinto, groundbreaking reform in Mexico may bring a Lone Star-sized opportunity to the American maritime industry. On December 20, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed...more

1/3/2014 - Energy Energy Reform Maritime Transport Mexico Oil & Gas

Second Circuit Firmly Aligns (for now) with the Robins Dry Dock Rule on Non-Recoverability of Pure Economic Damages Absent...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. v. New York, 2013 WL 6332548 (2d Cir. Dec. 6, 2013) recently - albeit reluctantly - joined the fleet of other federal circuit...more

12/20/2013 - Economic Damages Economic Loss Doctrine

The Lone Ranger Rides Again – The Fifth Circuit’s Withdrawal of its Ranger Opinion and Certification to the Texas Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has responded to the request for rehearing in Ranger Insurance, Ltd. v. BP P.L.C., 710 F.3d 388 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2013) by withdrawing its March 1, 2013 opinion (reversing the...more

9/19/2013 - BP Choice-of-Law Commercial General Liability Policies Insurers Transocean

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