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By R. Chauvin Kean and Sean T. McLaughlin

On June 29, 2016, the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Third Circuit, affirmed a jury’s verdict of $125,000 in compensatory damages and $23,000,000 in punitive damages in a maritime products liability case, resulting in a damages ratio of 184:1! In Warren v. Shelter Mutual Ins. Co., 15-354,

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By Tod Everage

Last December, we posted an article addressing the recent conflicted decisions out of the Eastern District of Louisiana on the remaining availability of punitive damages against third parties under general maritime law. You can find that article here. In 2016, the conflict continues…

As we mentioned, Judge Fallon allowed a claim

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By Tod J. Everage

A typical oilfield personal injury case in (or off the coast of) Louisiana involves a review of the relevant contracts and an analysis of whether demands for defense and indemnity can be made (and enforced) against other contracting parties. And, typically, the party on the receiving end of such a demand

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By Amanda Howard

In Chenevert v. Travelers Indemnity Co., No. 13-60119 (5th Cir. March 7, 2014), the Fifth Circuit formally recognized that an insurer providing and making voluntary payments to an injured employee under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 33 U.S.C.A. § 901 et seq (“LHWCA”), specifically 905(b), is entitled to a subrogation