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A SPAR Is Not A Vessel, But Is A SPAR A Building?

Are SPAR platforms immoveable buildings? On April 9, 2014, Judge Rebecca Doherty issued a memorandum ruling in Hefren v. Murphy Exploration & Production Co., USA, et al., that they are, meaning in Louisiana a five-year window to…more

| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Maritime Law

Fifth Circuit Recognizes Compensation Lien In Jones Act Case

In Chenevert v. Travelers Indemnity Co., No. 13-60119 (5th Cir. March 7, 2014), the Fifth Circuit formally recognized the right of an insurer providing and making voluntary payments to an injured employee under the Longshore and…more

| Civil Remedies, Insurance, Maritime Law

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

| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law,...

Greek Tonnage Tax Imposed On Foreign-Flagged Vessels

Greece has finally imposed a tonnage tax on foreign-flagged vessels operated by shipping companies in Greece. It already had been taxing Greek-flagged ships, and the nation’s debt crisis left the government with no other choice…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Taxation,...

Gross Negligence The Focus Of BP Oil Spill Post-Trial Briefing Order

Gross negligence is a focus of post-trial briefing orders in the BP oil spill litigation. After weeks of testimony, and dramatic “reveals” of newly discovered evidence that had been hiding in labs for years, the Phase One…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Maritime Law

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