By Tod J. Everage

Recently, the US Fifth Circuit addressed three maritime tenets in the same case: McCorpen defense, unseaworthiness, and regulatory governance. While these issues can be rather straightforward in the typical case, the facts in Thomas v. Hercules Offshore Services, LLC (5th Cir. March 2, 2018) provided an interesting review of each. The

By the Admiralty and Maritime Team

Yesterday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in USA v. Don Moss, et al., 2017 WL 4273427 (5th Cir. 2017) affirming the Eastern District’s ruling that oilfield contractors cannot be held liable for criminal violations of the Outer Continental Shelf’s Lands Act (OCSLA), 43

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By Zoe W. Vermeulen

In November 2016, the Eastern District of Louisiana again confronted the “marshland” involved in categorizing a contract as maritime or non-maritime. In In re: Crescent Energy Services, LLC, No. 15-819 (E.D. La. Nov. 7, 2016), the court held that a contract to plug and abandon a well in Louisiana waters

A deep sea tension leg oil production platform with a helicopter on the helideck. Tension leg platform.

By Tod J. Everage

Given the significantly better benefits available to an injured worker who qualifies under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) compared to a state workers’ compensation scheme, attorneys for injured workers are constantly trying to fit their client into the LHWCA to maximize their potential recovery. As a result, there

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By Stephen Hanemann

Providing much needed clarity to an ambiguous and precedent-sparse arena of federal admiralty law, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal relied on Texas common law when recently upholding a district court’s denial of a Motion to Vacate Attachment under Supplemental Admiralty Rule B. In Malin v. Int’l Ship Repair & Drydock,

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By Sean McLaughlin

The U.S. Fifth Circuit issued a decision this week that addresses the murky question of what law applies to offshore incidents. It illustrates that the choice of law issue is not merely academic but has important real-world consequences. In this case it meant that a lawsuit for over $400,000,000 was given new

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By Daniel Stanton

On May 26, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launched a new website to provide the public and industry interests with nationally-issued Notices To Navigation Interests (NTNI).  The new website can be found here.  The new site allows users to search NTNIs by keywords, providing a new-user friendly interface. The site