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8 Apr 2021

Video | Preserving Governmental Benefits Using a Special Needs Trust

BHBM attorney Joel Mendler recently spoke with Families Helping Families, an organization that provides support to parents of children with disabilities, about how to preserve governmental benefits through the use of Special Needs Trusts. The video is linked below. Click…

15 Mar 2021

Maritime Update: Does the FLSA apply to drilling toolpushers earning in excess of $200,000 per year?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) establishes a standard 40-hour work week by requiring employers to pay a 50% overtime penalty for any time worked over 40 hours per week. These principles apply, of course, only to those workers who…

11 Mar 2021

Maritime Update: Fifth Circuit Affirms Flood Coverage Post-Hurricane Harvey

This is an interesting insurance coverage case under Texas law after Hurricane Harvey and involving a marina. For that reason, we bring it to your attention. In the case of Playa Vista Conroe v Insurance Company of the West decided…

13 Jan 2021

Construction Law Update – January 2021

The Construction Law Update is published by Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC for the benefit of its clients and others having an interest in the construction industry. It includes discussions of Louisiana state and federal court decisions, legislative developments and tax issues concerning construction-related…

5 Jan 2021

Maritime Update: Sieraki Seamen Still Exist

Legal Background: In the U.S. Supreme Court case of “Seas Shipping Co. v. Sieraki” decided in 1946, they determined the remedy for unseaworthiness was available for people other than a seaman employed by the vessel owner. The Court held the…

4 Jan 2021

Looking Ahead to a New Year | 2021

We made it! 2020 is officially in the rear view mirror and a new beginning lies ahead. No one knows for certain what 2021 has in store, but what we do know is that the changes and challenges forced upon…

4 Jan 2021

Maritime Update: Contributory Negligence/Comparative Fault in Seaman’s Cases

In the case of Knight v Kirby Offshore decided by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 17, 2020 (the Fifth Circuit covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi), they addressed the comparative fault of a seaman when following his superior’s…

22 Dec 2020

BHBM Tax Law Alert | COVID Relief Bill Receives Congressional Approval

WELCOME Thank you for subscribing to our firm’s Tax Law Alert. If you have any questions pertaining to this information, please contact our tax law group. FEDERAL UPDATE COVID Relief Bill Receives Congressional Approval On Monday, December 21, Congress voted…

17 Dec 2020

Maritime Update: California Court Rules Their State Laws Apply for Crew Wage Claims in that State

On December 7, 2020, in the case of Gulf Offshore Logistics v Superior Court of Ventura County, a California state court concluded California wage and hour laws applied to seamen and crew aboard a vessel servicing four oil platforms in…

9 Dec 2020

Maritime Update: When a Barge is Being Dismantled, it is No Longer a Vessel for Admiralty Jurisdiction

After an accident during shipbreaking operations killed one worker and injured another, Southern Recycling, L.L.C., brought a petition for exoneration or limitation of liability under the Limitation of Liability Act. Claimants Nestor Aguilar (the injured worker); Lorena Aguilar; Dora Mendieta…

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