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Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer’s Maritime Update is an e-newsletter authored by attorney Bill Schwartz, which provides discussions on the latest in maritime-related decisions and legislative developments.

4 Feb 2020

Maritime Update: Moored Casino is Not a Vessel

As previously reported in our July 31, 2019 and November 6, 2019 Maritime Update’s, the Louisiana Supreme Court was deciding whether a permanently moored casino vessel is a “vessel” under general maritime law. On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court…

21 Nov 2019

Maritime Update: 5th Circuit Adjusts Doiron Test for Mixed-Services Contracts

On November 11, 2019, the Fifth Circuit gave further guidance on how to apply the Doiron test determining if a contract is maritime in the mixed-services contract setting. In the decision rendered in BARRIOS v. CENTAUR, L.L.C. v. RIVER VENTURES,…

6 Nov 2019

Maritime Update: Louisiana Supreme Court Grants Writ in Don Caldwell, et al. v. St. Charles Gaming Co.

In our Maritime Update issued on July 31, 2019, we advised that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana found that the ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO-LAKE CHARLES, now called the GRAND PALAIS, was still a vessel for purposes of…

29 Aug 2019

Maritime Update: The Importance of Inland Waterways

A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture entitled “The Importance of Inland Waterways to U.S. Agriculture” has been released. The report finds that, due to its efficiencies and lower costs, the inland waterways system saves between $7 and $9…

20 Aug 2019

Maritime Update: What Constitutes Notice of a Claim Under Limitation of Liability?

Under the federal statute allowing for the filing of a limitation of liability action by a vessel owner, 46 U.S.C. § 30511(a) permits the owner of a vessel to bring such action in a United States District Court, as long…

31 Jul 2019

Maritime Update: Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court Rules Grand Palais Casino is a Vessel

In its July 3, 2019 decision in the consolidated case of Don Caldwell and Sheronda Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Company d/b/a ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO-LAKE CHARLES, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals found that the Grand Palais casino…

11 Jul 2019

Maritime Update: La. CCP Article 3542 Allows for Attachment in Aid of Arbitration if the Origin of the Underlying Arbitration Claim is One Pursuing Money Damages

In the case of Stemcor USA, Inc. v. Cia Siderurgica do Para Cosipar  decided the end of May 2019 by the Louisiana Supreme Court on a question certified by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the courts held: “Louisiana…

8 Jul 2019

Maritime Update: U.S. Supreme Court to Address Safe Berth Clause

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue whether under federal maritime law a safe berth clause in a voyage charter contract is a guarantee of a ship‘s safety. This is the holding in the U.S. Courts…

24 Jun 2019

Maritime Update: U.S. Supreme Court Rules a Plaintiff May Not Recover Punitive Damages on a Claim of Unseaworthiness

Today, June 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Dutra Group v Batterton decision the overwhelming historical evidence suggests that punitive damages are not available for unseaworthiness claims. The Court reversed the Ninth Circuit in a 6-3 vote in an…

19 Jun 2019

Maritime Update: Intentional or Gross Fault Under Louisiana Law Can Nullify Releases or Waivers in Offshore Contracts (Under OCSLA)

On June 18, in the case of Petrobras America Inc. v Vicinay Cadenas, S.A., the Fifth Circuit reversed the summary judgment determination of the lower court and remanded this case back to the District Court for consideration of the contract…

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