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The Supreme Court Decision in The Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

1. More than a decade has passed since the now infamous ship allided with the breakwater at Kashima, grounded and then eventually broke in two, having tried to depart the port during severe conditions. 2. The severity of...more

Fifth Circuit Dismisses For Lack Of Jurisdiction Appeal Of Court’s Order Selecting Arbitrators

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Bordelon Marine, LLC sued Bibby Subsea ROV, LLC for damages and for writ of attachment arising out of a disagreement over the chartering of an offshore vessel. Pending arbitration, litigation was stayed, but a dispute arose...more

District Court in Cal Dive Rules Against Vessel Owner's Challenge to Maritime Lien

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has denied a motion for summary judgment filed by a vessel owner that sought to dismiss the maritime lien claim of a provider of deck personnel. The court's...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...more

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape

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This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform...more

The Wandering Rocks – Recent Fifth Circuit Jurisprudence On Offshore Indemnity

by Baker Donelson on

A pair of recent Fifth Circuit cases, In Re Larry Doiron, Inc., 849 F.3d 602 (5th Cir. Feb. 23, 2017, rev’d Mar. 7, 2017) and Richard v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., No. 16-30216 — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 835187 (5th Cir. Mar. 2, 2017)...more

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Denies Petition To Transfer Structured Settlement Involving LHWCA

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Relying on Federal Court precedent, a Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court resolved whether the plain language of Section 916 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) prohibits the assignment of...more

Washington Supreme Court Holds That Punitive Damages May Be Awarded to a Seaman Under a General Maritime Law Unseaworthiness Claim

by Lane Powell PC on

On March 9, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming the types of damages available to a plaintiff under a general maritime unseaworthiness claim, specifically determining that punitive damages are...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Use of Special Jury Interrogatory on Whether an Accident Occurred

In defending personal injury claims, defendants frequently have to deal with jury interrogatories that infer the plaintiff actually experienced an incident that caused or contributed to his complaints, despite there being a...more

Third Circuit Affirms Private Damages Immunity Under Shipping Act for Ocean Common Carriers

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Holland & Knight alerted the maritime community in November 2016 that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit appeared likely to affirm the dismissal of private antitrust claims brought against roll-on, roll-off...more

The Limitation of Liability Act of 1851: Recent Court Decisions Highlight Significant Issue for Offshore Energy Industry

by King & Spalding on

In 1912, a vessel owner by the name of White Star Lines invoked a little understood U.S. maritime law to limit its liability arising out of a maritime disaster. In 2010, a vessel owner by the name of Transocean invoked the...more

London Maritime Arbitration Association Held To Be A “Foreign Tribunal” Within The Meaning OF 28 U.S.C. § 1782

by Carlton Fields on

Kleimar N.V., the plaintiff in a London arbitration against defendant Dalian Dongzhan Group Co. Ltd. (Dailan), filed an ex parte application with the New York District Court seeking the issuance of a discovery order and...more

District Court Reviews Definition of “Gross Negligence” in Oil Pollution Act Reimbursement Action

On December 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Water Quality Insurance Syndicate v. U.S., which reversed the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center’s (NPFC) finding of gross...more

Maritime Collateral Source Rule Clarified By Fifth Circuit

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In an eminently reasonable, but apparently (surprisingly) res nova decision, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has clarified that the maritime collateral source rule does not allow for recovery of medical...more

Fifth Circuit Limits Effect of Collateral Source Rule Under General Maritime Law

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In DePerrodil v. Bozovic Marine, Inc., No. 16-30009, 2016 WL 6810728, at *1 (5th Cir. Nov. 17, 2016), a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently limited the effect of the collateral source...more

Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin: Discovery and Disclosure: Civil Litigation Tools for Obtaining Evidence in the United States,...

by Burr & Forman on

The ever-increasing cost of civil litigation was once thought to be a unique trait of the United States civil justice system. However, the expense of civil litigation is on the rise across the globe, due in no small part to...more

Does the Maritime Collateral-Source Rule Allow Recovery of Amount Billed or Paid?

by King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC on

The Fifth Circuit issued an opinion on November 17, 2016, in Robert Deperrodil v. Bozovic Marine, Inc., (No. 16-30009). In a case involving the injury to a passenger aboard a crew boat in high seas, the District Court was...more

Watershed Ruling in U.S. Rejects OW Bunker’s Maritime Lien Claims

by Reed Smith on

In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker...more

Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd: Liquidation or a Different Path?

by White & Case LLP on

On September 1, 2016, a rehabilitation procedure was commenced in the Seoul Central District Court in respect of Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd (Hanjin). This action followed many months of discussions between Hanjin and its...more

OCSLA Coverage for Land Injuries Has Limits

James Baker, Jr. v. Director, OWCP; Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, LLC, U.S. Fifth Circuit No. 15-60634 (August 19, 2016). In this case the Court of Appeals affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) determination that...more

Losing the right to limit: Privy Council confirms parties can contract out of the 1976 Limitation Convention

by Reed Smith on

This Alert looks at the question of whether it is possible to contract out of or waive the right to limit liability under the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims and if so, what is required in order...more

OW Bunker in Singapore – where are we?

by Reed Smith on

Although the Singapore courts have not, to date, been required to consider the legal issues which have recently come before the English courts in the Res Cogitans, the cases which have come before the Singapore courts...more

Collateral lies: The lie is dishonest but the claim is not

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court rules that a collateral lie embellishing a valid claim does not amount to a fraudulent claim. Versloot Dredging BV and another (Appellants) v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others [2016] UKSC...more

Distinguishing ‘collateral lies’ from the fraudulent claims rules in insurance contracts: the lie is dishonest but the claim is...

by Reed Smith on

In Versloot Dredging BV and another v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others [2016] UKSC 45, handed down, last month, the Supreme Court ruled that a “collateral lie” made during the course of an insurance claim...more

Court of Appeal rules on indefinite demurrage claims

by Reed Smith on

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. v. Cottonex Anstalt - [2015] EWHC 283 (Comm) - A Court of Appeal decision handed down on 27 July 2016 of this week ruled that demurrage on detained containers, which could not...more

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