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September 17
2020

The Department of Labor announced the National Average Weekly Wage, Maximum and Minimum Compensation Rates, and Annual Adjustments under Section 10(f) of the LHWCA, Effective October 1, 2020.

The Department of Labor has announced the national average weekly wage that will be applicable for the 12-month period beginning October 1, 2020.  The National Average Weekly Wage beginning on October 1, 2020, and extending to September 30, 2021, is … Read full post…

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September 1
2020

September 2020 Longshore/Maritime Update

September 2020 Longshore/Maritime Update (No. 256) Notes from your Updater: After Judge Ozerden entered judgment in the long-running dispute between Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Venezuelan Ministry of Defense over the $200 million contract for repair of two military frigates (discussed … Read full post…

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August 20
2020

Brown Sims lawyers named to 2021 Best Lawyers® list

Brown Sims is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to … Read full post…

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August 14
2020

Fifth Circuit judges suggest en banc consideration be given to the court’s precedents on seaman status as they are inconsistent with the teaching of the Supreme Court; Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of Texas, L.L.C., No. 19-20506 (5th Cir. Aug. 14, 2020) (Davis).

Gilbert Sanchez was employed by Smart Fabricators as a welder for 67 days. He spent 61 of those 67 days on two Enterprise jack-up vessels. He worked 48 days (72% of his employment) on the ENTERPRISE WFD 350, a jack-up … Read full post…

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August 13
2020

Citizens Property Ins. v. Manor House – July 2020

On October 4, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court granted petition to decide whether an insured, in a first-party breach of contract suit, can recover extra-contractual, consequential damages due to an insurer’s alleged failure to timely investigate and pay a claim. … Read full post…

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