Category Archives: Admiralty-Maritime Law

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2019 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Ranks Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as Metropolitan Tier 2 Admiralty & Maritime Law Firm

The 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® has ranked Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as a Metropolitan Tier 2 Law Firm in New Orleans for Admiralty & Maritime Law. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Alan Brackett has been included as in The Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty & Maritime Law for the previous four years. Best Law Firms Methodology The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.  To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Fifth Circuit: Offshore Supply Vessel Faces Liability for “Towing Vessel” Classification

In Shell Offshore, Inc. v. Tesla Offshore, L.L.C., No. 16-30528, 2018 WL 4844687 (5th Cir. Oct. 5, 2018), Fifth Circuit ruled on liability based on the classification of the vessel. Shell Offshore, Inc. v. Tesla Offshore, L.L.C. Background A vessel in the Gulf of Mexico was pulling an underwater sonar device to survey the ocean floor when the device accidentally struck the mooring line of an offshore drilling rig, causing substantial damage. The rig owner sued both the vessel owner and the vessel charterer in federal court. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the rig owner, finding the vessel charterer 75% at fault and the vessel owner 25% at fault. The rig owner then settled with the vessel charterer. A separate round of litigation ensued with the charterer claiming contribution against the vessel owner. The District Court sided with the charterer, finding the vessel owner owed contribution to the settlement. ON Appeal Owner Argues Vessel Not classified as a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Patrick Babin and Beth Bernstein to Speak at Defense Base Act Seminar

Members Patrick Babin and Beth Bernstein will be speaking at the Dallas DBA Seminar 2019: Trends and Trajectories in Defense Base Act Claims on February 6. Their topic is “DBA Case Law Updates.” Patrick and Beth are members of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett’s Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act defense team. Both attorneys have previously spoken at industry symposiums. Patrick recently spoke on a panel at the Willis Towers Watson Defense Base Act Symposium on “DFEC Changes & Impacts to the Industry: Update from the DOL and the Industry Defense on the Recent PTSD Changes.” Beth spoke on a panel at the 72nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference® about new case law developments affecting the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions. Highly Experienced in Litigating Claims Arising Under the Defense Base Act MBLB is….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Containers Fall on Tanker While Docked in Panama City

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, two ships – Kollum (a bunker tanker) and Charlotte Maersk (a container ship) –, which … The post Containers Fall on Tanker While Docked in Panama City appeared first on LMAW, PA... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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More Details Emerge From Passenger Death on Royal Princess

As we shared on Nov. 14, a 52 year old female passenger fell to her death aboard the Royal Princess as the cruise ship was sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba on a Southern Caribbean itinerary. While the cause of her death is still unclear, more details have emerged, including reports that she was seen arguing with a man. Per the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, “the woman who died had been seen struggling with a man and fell from a deck and onto a lifeboat.” This information came from the Aruba news website Diario.aw. The FBI is investigating and apparently an autopsy has already been made. Reports are the the husband of the woman was aboard the ship as well and is cooperating with the investigation. Deaths on the high seas are more common that most passengers tend to believe. Accidents occur. Suicides happen. And other incidents that lead to death – fights, arguments and more – account for the ~20 reported deaths per year that occur on cruise ships….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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