In longshore/Jones Act news:

Navigable Waters (produced by local law firm Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett) has published their analysis of a case that went to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in which a seaman was denied recovery for his stress-related heart condition. NW explains: “The case of Skye v. Maersk Line involved a claim for money damages by the chief mate of the SEALAND PRIDE for heart disease and deteriorated health which he attributed to the excessive duties and prolonged work hours required of him by his employer.  Skye served on the SEALAND PRIDE for approximately eight years, during which he sometimes worked between 90 and 105 hours a week for 70 to 84 days at a time.  These demands of his job purportedly caused him fatigue, stress and lack of sleep, which resulted in hypertension and eventually disabling heart disease. Skye sued Maersk Line for negligently imposing unreasonable working conditions that caused his failing health.  While a jury concluded that Skye could recover damages from Maersk Line under these circumstances, the Court of Appeals reversed the judgment and found that Skye was not entitled to any award at all.” The court reasoned that stress of this kind did not constitute negligence under the Jones Act because “such stress is not physical peril.” Read the full overview from Nav Waters here.  Also see their news bulletin about the new national AWW for longshore claims here. Read the decision from the U.S. 11th Circuit here.