Joseph A. Devall, Jr.

Joseph A. Devall, Jr.

King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC

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Don’t Stress, You’re Not Covered: Court Denies Recovery Under Jones Act for Work-Related Stress

The Eleventh Circuit in Skye v. Maersk Line, Ltd. held seamen cannot recover for work-related stress under the Jones Act. Is work-related stress starting to take its toll? ...more

8/19/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Jones Act Work-Induced Stress

Validity And Enforceability Of Seaman’s Release

The recent ruling in Double J. Marine, LLC v. Matthew Nuber, No. 13-5825 (E.D. La. Dec. 11, 2013) serves as a key reminder that employers need to be mindful that courts scrutinize release agreements as seamen are the wards of...more

1/28/2014 - Bodily Injury Federal Admiralty Law Release Agreements

Don’t You Forget About Me . . . Include Insurers In List Of Indemnified Groups

How many insureds entering into a master service agreement (“MSA”) go to bat for their insurers when negotiating who will compromise the members of their respective indemnified “Groups?”...more

8/21/2013 - Indemnification Insureds Insurers Master Service Agreement Northern Assurance Company of America Offshore Drilling

Working Hard Or Hardly Working? The Definition Of “Rest” And Towing Vessel Work-Hour Limitations

An often contentious issue in maritime litigation involving both personal injury and property damage is whether the wheelman in charge of a towing vessel that exceeds 26' violated the so-called “twelve-hour rule.” According...more

5/8/2013 - Rest and Meal Break Safety Precautions Vessels Wage and Hour

Legal Definition Of A Vessel: That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Before S.C.O.T.U.S. — Part 2

The very question of what makes a structure a “vessel” under Section 3 of the Rules of Construction Act, 1 U.S.C. §3 is before the United States Supreme Court in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story...more

12/11/2012

Legal Definition of a Vessel: That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Before S.C.O.T.U.S. — Part 1

A feisty dachsund and its owner, Fane Lozman, have stirred up troubled waters regarding the definition of a “vessel” in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Approximately Fifty-Seven Feet in...more

11/14/2012

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