• Another Claim of Record Jones Act Award

    A native of Puerto Rico was recently awarded a record $7.5 million settlement in a back and neck injury lawsuit following the sudden explosion of an air tank aboard a marine vessel that was docked for repairs. Plaintiff Edward Perez-Mossetty was seriously injured in the explosion.  The then-37-year-old was affecting repairs aboard the vessel on behalf of defendants American Tugs Inc. The
  • New Seaman Status Test in 5th Circuit.

    On March 10, 2014, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that a land-based vessel repair supervisor was entitled to status as a Jones Act seaman. Elevating Boats, LLC operates 26-30 lift boats out of Houma, Louisiana.   Larry Naquin, Sr., a vessel repair supervisor was seriously injured while testing one of the shipyard cranes at the shipyard. In the decision Naquin was
  • 2014 Waveline Report

    We are pleased to announce the release of "Waveline 2014: State of the Marine & Longshore Market", commissioned from LIG’s national survey in January 2014 to gauge the state of the Longshore and Marine Insurance Market. This survey measures the changes in pricing of Longshore and Marine Insurance over calendar years 2013 versus 2012, with projections for 2014.  The “2014 Waveline Report”

    Acting United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced a grand jury returned five indictments charging seven men with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The men charged are John J. Kurant, Jr., of St. Augustine, Adam Horvit, of Parkland, and Christopher E. Labaire, Greg Wilson, Jerold Wolfe, John Grant, and Scott Coleman all from Jupiter.  They each face a maximum penalty of 20 years

    There has long been a principal of upmost good faith in Marine Insurance, i.e. you have to disclose information that is relevant, even if you are not asked for it and this recent case form Puerto Rico really emphasizes that A Catlin is a Lloyd’s syndicate and the Federal Court ruled they were justified in rescinding policy coverage for a sunken dry dock because its policyholder had not
  • Department of Labor Raises Civil Penalties Cap

    As of August 1, 2016, new maximum civil penalties are in place according to the U.S. Department of Labor.   Announced June 30, 2016, the US Department of Labor unveiled an interim final...
  • Are You Hiring Your Next Big Claim?

    Waterfront employers have a significant disadvantage when hiring.  Delivered by an obscure rule in the Longshore Act referred to as the “last responsible maritime employer”. Dating back to 1955,...
  • CMIP Invitation to Insuring Marine Employers

    YOU Are Invited!Posted By Karen Tischler, CMIP Education Events...
  • Disclose or Risk Marine Insurance Coverage

    Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reviewed a case on appeals regarding the necessity to act with the utmost good faith, also known as the uberrimae fidei defense.  In the...
  • Largest Pay Hike In Decades For ILWU Workers

    The ILWU contends the following chart is misleading as it only looks at the most skilled union workers but it still reflects an amazing level of pay for a group that had their largest pay rises in...


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