High Court Weighs Language In Sea-Land Payout Case

Law360, New York (January 11, 2012, 9:58 PM EST) -- Justices grilled attorneys for the government and an injured maritime worker seeking compensation from Sea-Land Services Inc. amid arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday over how to set the maximum payout rate under federal law.

The dispute, and the bulk of Wednesday's oral arguments, hinges on what exactly an "award" is under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, a decision that could have considerable financial implications for maritime employers.

Dana Roberts, who was injured while working as a gatehouse dispatcher for Sea-Land in...
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