Category Archives: Supreme Court

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 »

House Boat: House or Boat?

The Supreme Court has recently granted certioriari to settle a circuit split regarding the definition of vessel.  In 1 U.S.C. § 3, a vessel is “every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water.”  The question arises:  what, specifically, does “capable of being used” … Read More »