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In April, five Somali men were captured at sea off the east African coast by the crew of a United States naval vessel. The men were detained and brought to the United States for trial as pirates. Kenya earlier had agreed to prosecute pirates detained by foreign navies, but the country later...
The ongoing Deepwater Horizon multi-district oil spill litigation moved forward in early January 2011, in the form of three pretrial orders issued by United States District Judge Carl J. Barbier. In Pre-Trial Order No. 21, the court resolved a dispute as to the proper location for planned...
The year of 2011 was yet another monumental year for Arnold & Itkin, LLP. Over the years, we have been proud to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and this was no different in 2011. In fact, we are proud to announce that we successfully...
Staubley v. Electric Boat Corp., No. 10-3186 (2nd Cir. September 1, 2011) (Summary Order On Petition For Review) Clyde Staubley sought review of a Benefits Review Board decision affirming an award issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’...
The federal government continues in its plans to sell offshore oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the catastrophic destruction of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April 2010. The sale, scheduled to take place in New Orleans on December 14, 2011, is anticipated...
Lobegeiger v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., No. 11-21620-CIV (S.D. Fla. Aug. 23, 2011) (Altonaga, J.) Passenger Elise Lobegeiger was seriously injured at sea while aboard a Celebrity Cruises, Inc., vessel. Lobegeiger had attempted to adjust the heavy back panel of a deck lounger when the panel...
United States District Judge Carl Barbier recently issued a broad order on pending motions to dismiss in the multi-district litigation arising out of the April 2010 loss of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. (In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on...
The United States Coast Guard reports that two remotely operated vehicles deployed to the Macondo 252 well head in the Gulf of Mexico have confirmed there is no oil leaking from the well head. According to the agency, as part of the investigation into recent reports of sheen observed in the...
A rig worker’s three-year hiatus from employment meant that his status as a seaman failed to carry over when he was injured while re-employed in off-vessel jobs. Abram v. Nabors Offshore Corporation, No. 11-20166 (August 24, 2011) (per curiam) (unpublished) In a summary calendar decision,...
Houston maritime attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin recently applauded an initiative to reduce deaths and injuries in the commercial shrimping industry by providing customized safety classes and training for Gulf shrimpers. The program is the result of a partnership between the University of ...