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Fifth Circuit Allows Seaworthiness Claim for Pilot Hurt on Seagoing Tug and Barge

USA - January 8 2021 The 5th Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s $11.6 million bench verdict in favor of a harbor pilot who rolled his ankle and injured his foot…

Fifth Circuit's Broad "Significant Nexus" Test Puts Chevron in the Hot Seat

USA - August 19 2020 The 5th Circuit recently addressed what constitutes a “substantial nexus” to activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), extending the Longshore…

Supreme Court Ruling Puts More Weight Behind Safe-Berth Clause

USA - April 1 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court on March 30 rejected a Fifth Circuit Court’s precedent and ruled that safe-berth clauses are warranties of safety and not just…

U.S. Fifth Circuit Holds Tug is OPA Responsible Party for Barge Pollution

USA - September 26 2018 This incident involved a tug and barge flotilla that struck a bridge and subsequently released oil from a barge. Since there was oil pollution…

DOL Finds Employer Violated Seaman's Protection Act by Demoting Master for Reporting Safety Concerns to USCG

USA - July 29 2016 A U.S. Administrative Law Judge has rendered a judgment in excess of $1 million in favor of a ship captain, finding his employer violated the…