Monthly Archives: April 2012

Two Recent Louisiana Eastern District General Damage Rulings – Trend or Aberration?

Louisiana’s Eastern District, in Raynes v. McMoran Exploration Company and Smith v. Ledet Towing Company has recently allowed two significant general damage awards in Jones Act cases involving back injuries requiring significant surgical intervention. In Raynes v. McMoran, the plaintiff, a worker on a fixed production platform owned by McMoran,  was injured when his left foot … Read More »

Second Circuit addresses division of liability in vessel collision

In Otal Investements, Ltd. v. M/V TRICOLOR, et al, the Second Circuit faced a collision in the English Channel.  On a foggy night in the English Channel nine years ago, the M/V KARIBA approached the M/V CLARY and altered course to avoid her.  Alas, the M/V KARIBA struck the M/V TRICOLOR, which subsequently sank.  The district … Read More »