Monthly Archives: February 2015

Jefferson v. Baywater and Meche v. Key Energy – M&C back in the spotlight

Two recent Louisiana federal court decisions demonstrate the importance of investigating and documenting a Jones Act seaman’s medical conditions. Failure to properly investigate a seaman’s medical claim may leave a Jones Act employer vulnerable to the kind of maintenance award handed down in Jefferson v. Baywater Drilling, LLC, CIV.A. 14-1711, 2015 WL 365526 (E.D. La. … Read More »

McBride Plaintiffs Request Supreme Court Review – UPDATED – Cert Denied

UPDATED The Supreme Court denied certiorari. It is likely, after more courts look at the issue, the Supreme Court will resolve the circuit split. We have previously reported on the ongoing saga of McBride, et al v. Estis Well Services, LLC, 768 F.3d 382 (5th Cir. 2014) and the availability of punitive damages under general … Read More »

Texas Supreme Court clarifies: When an MSA gives a party additional insured rights, the MSA can limit those rights

The litigation that seeped to the surface after the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon has not yet entered its cleanup phase, but today, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that addresses one important part of it. Transocean and BP had a “knock-for-knock” contract, where Transocean agreed to defend and indemnify BP for injuries to … Read More »