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5 Sep 2017

Maritime Update: DOJ Prevails on Felony Violations of Black Elk and Fines of $4.2 Million for Explosion

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC (BEE), was sentenced on Thursday, August 31 on eight felony violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and one misdemeanor count of violating the Clean Water Act before the Honorable U.S. District…

30 Aug 2017

Maritime Update: 9th Circuit Affirms Award of LHWCA Compensation Benefits for Suicide Attempt by Worker

On August 17, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an award of compensation benefits in the case of Leeward Marine, Inc. et al v William B. Kealoha. The case involved an award of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act…

8 Aug 2017

Maritime Update: Vessel Owner Not Required to Intervene in Unloading Operations

On August 3, 2017, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals determined a vessel owner did not breach its duty to intervene in the operations of an unloading stevedore. The decision in the case of Dixon v. NYK Reefers is discussed below….

20 Jun 2017

Maritime Update: OPA Grants a Right to Contribution for Purely Economic Damages for Liable Third Party

SUMMARY: In Settoon Towing, L.L.C. v. Marquette Transportation Company, L.L.C., decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9, 2017, it held for the first time that a “Responsible Party” under the Oil Pollution Act…

31 May 2017

Maritime Update: A Seaman May Not Recover Punitive Damages Against Non-employer Third Party

On May 22, 2017, Judge Mary Ann Lemmon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana rendered a decision which traced the case law history on punitive damages for a seaman. Following her review, she ruled…

18 May 2017

Maritime Update: The Burden of Proof When There are Preexisting Conditions

On May 12, 2017, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals again addressed the law with regard to a plaintiff with pre-existing conditions which make him/her more susceptible to disability. In the case of Koch v. USA, the appeals court affirmed…

16 May 2017

Maritime Update: 5th Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Platform Owner

In its decision in DAVIS v. DYNAMIC OFFSHORE RESOURCES, L.L.C. decided on May 12, 2017, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of Dynamic Offshore as a platform owner. Dynamic owned and operated offshore platforms in…

26 Apr 2017

Maritime Update: ROV Technician Not a Seaman Under FSLA

On April 19, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case of Halle v. Galliano Marine Service overruled a Motion for Summary Judgment in the lower court and ruled that the technician for a remotely operated…

14 Mar 2017

Maritime Update: Punitive Damages Allowed for Unseaworthiness Claim

Allan A. Tabingo v American Triumph LLC et al (decided March 9, 2017 en banc) On March 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Washington ruled that an injured Alaskan commercial fisherman could claim punitive damages when injured as a result…

9 Mar 2017

Maritime Update: Maritime Contract Determination

In the case of Larry Doiron, Inc. v. Specialty Rental Tools & Supply decided by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on February 23, once again, the court was required to determine whether a contract was a maritime one. If…

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