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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Lincoln v. Director OWCP (Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.) No. 13-1594 (March 11, 2014), was recently asked to address the effect of the employer filing a notice of...more
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in BPU Management, Inc. v DOWCP (Donald Morgan) again addressed jurisdictional coverage under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’...more
On April 29, 2013, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion for the en banc Court in New Orleans Depot Services, Inc. v. Director OWCP, 718 F.3d 384 (5th Cir. 2013) that effectively reformulated the 1972 situs jurisdictional...more
In the wake of the revisited tests of vessel status by the Supreme Court in Stewart vs. Dutra Construction Company, 543 U.S. 481 (2005) and Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Fla., 133 S.Ct. 735 (2013), it remains to be seen...more
Jack Jurgens and Jim Bercaw succeeded in obtaining a partial summary judgment from District Judge Lance M. Africk that the MATTERHORN SEASTAR, a floating tension leg platform (“TLP”) secured to the Outer Continental Shelf off...more
On August 1, 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment (1915, Subpart F) became effective. These standards included requirements covering...more
Under Section 905(b) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), a vessel owner owes three duties to longshore employees. In October 2012, the Fifth Circuit granted a summary judgment dismissing serious...more
Changes to the NSW workers compensation insurance scheme have just been passed which substantially restrict the range and reduce the level of compensation available to injured workers in NSW.
The changes are not only...more
With boating season underway there are many seasonal employees working on boats. The question that arises is whether Illinois Workers’ Compensation covers injured employees while working on a boat because they are not on land...more
A detailed analysis of when each set of laws might apply to an injured workers involved in the Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean up....more
Given the fact that around 24,000 people -- mostly contractors --have flooded the Gulf to work on the oil spill cleanup, it's inevitable that accidents and injuries will occur. A number of workers have already been injured or...more
Injuries to under-equipped and inadequately trained workers resulting from exposure to crude oil and other hazards will create new and possibly devastating liabilities for employers and workers’ compensation insurance...more
The Red Letter Release was the standard form for Jones Act settlements during most of the twentieth century....more
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