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August 2016 Archives

American security contractor employee killed in Iraq

The city of Ramadi in Iraq has been fought over a number of times since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Iraqi forces retook the city from ISIS militants late last year, but efforts to reclaim the city have been hampered by the presence of booby traps and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Merchant Seaman Missed Window of Opportunity to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Edward Arthur worked as a merchant seaman when he sustained injuries on four different ships. He sued his employers, Maersk, Inc., and Dyn Marine Services of Virginia Inc., for negligence under the Jones Act, also referred to as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Later, Arthur realized that these companies operated as agents under the United States navy, with the United States being the only proper defendant in the lawsuit. Arthur was granted leave to file an amended complaint, naming the United States as the responsible party, requesting that this new claim would relate back to the claim he initially made as to avoid a statutes of limitations bar. The District Court denied his request on the ground that Arthur delayed in seeking leave to amend the complaint.

Defense Base Act: An overview

United States government interests and obligations extend around the globe, requiring us to have contractors and subcontractors working in far-flung places. Just because they are far from home does not mean employees of those companies do not have some of the very same worker protections employees in the states have.