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Highlights from the Admiralty Law Institute

The 25th Biennial Admiralty Law Institute kicked off with great success on March 11, 2015. Informative presentations continued on March 12-13, building on the theme of this year’s conference, “Symposium on Maritime Personal…more

Jurisdiction, Trade Conference

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Eighteen Percentage Spread between Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest Rates Affirmed

The current post-judgment interest rate in federal court is the infinitesimally meager rate of 0.22% (that is 22 hundredths of a percent, not 22 percent) as per statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1961(a)…more

Postjudgment Interest, Prejudgment Interest

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Bad Faith Insurance Alert: Louisiana Courts Weigh In On Bad Faith Claims Involving Suspicious Thefts

Insureds do not present fraudulent claims and then simply admit to it during the claim adjustment. Thus, insurers often find themselves in the uncomfortable dilemma of denying payment on a suspicious claim and risking bad faith…more

Bad Faith, Fraud, State Farm, Theft

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IRS Announces Deadline to Make 2012 Charitable/IRA Rollovers

On January 16, 2013, the IRS issued a notice (IR-2013-6) advising that certain IRA owners have a limited time to make tax-free transfers to eligible charities and have them count for 2012. IRA owners age 70½ or older have until…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Charitable Donations, Charitable Rollover, Income Taxes, IRA

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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

Employer Liability Issues, Jones Act, Work-Induced Stress

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Maritime Attachment And Arrest . . . What Are They And Why Should I Care?

“A ship may be here today and gone tomorrow, not to return for an indefinite period, perhaps never. Assets of its owner . . . within the jurisdiction today, may be transferred elsewhere or paid off tomorrow.”…more

Arrest, Liens

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Jurgens And Bercaw Establish A Tension Leg Platform Is Not A Vessel

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

Jones Act, LHWCA, Vessels, Workplace Injury

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Greece Initiates Offshore Oil and Gas Tender Process

Greece has initiated its tender process for offshore oil and gas (hydrocarbons) exploration as of August 26, 2014. The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change is seeking bid applications for its offshore oil and…more

Energy, Energy Policy, EU, Oil & Gas

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OWCP on Verge of Amending Regulations to Include Electronic Submissions

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) filed in the Federal Register (Volume 80, No. 48) a direct final rule and request for comments with regard to changes to OWCP…more

DOL, Electronic Filing

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Are ‘Best Efforts’ Provisions Enforceable in Maritime Contracts?

Parties to maritime contracts frequently include requirements that one or the other party or both of them will use their “best efforts” to perform duties described in the contract. But they also frequently give little thought to…more

Best Efforts Clauses, Contract Disputes, Contract Terms

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Bad Faith Insurance Alert: Louisiana Courts Weigh In On Bad Faith Claims Involving Suspicious Thefts

Insureds do not present fraudulent claims and then simply admit to it during the claim adjustment. Thus, insurers often find themselves in the uncomfortable dilemma of denying payment on a suspicious claim and risking bad faith…more

Bad Faith, Fraud, State Farm, Theft

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Fifth Circuit Clarifies Rules on Seamen Who Provide False Information During Pre-Employment Physicals

The U. S. Fifth Circuit recently held that an injured seaman was precluded from recovering maintenance and cure where he intentionally provided false information during a pre-employment physical conducted by a previous employer…more

False Statements, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, Pre-Employment Health Screenings, Seamen

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