High Court Won't Revive Oil Rig Indemnity Claim

By Rick Archer (May 21, 2018, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of an en banc Fifth Circuit ruling that allowed a contractor and its insurer to escape indemnity for an offshore gas well accident on the grounds Louisiana state law and not maritime law applied.

The court denied a petition to take up barge owner Larry Doiron Inc.'s appeal and allowed to stand the Fifth Circuit's finding that Specialty Rental Tools & Supply and its insurer, Zurich American Insurance Co., did not have to indemnify LDI for the injury of an Specialty Rental worker in the 2011 crane accident.

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