OCSLA Covers Onshore Injuries, Supreme Court Says

Law360, New York (January 11, 2012, 7:11 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that an offshore oil platform worker's widow could seek benefits under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act even though her late husband died in an onshore forklift accident, rejecting the notion that the law didn't cover mishaps on dry land.

The nation's highest court unanimously affirmed a May 2010 Ninth Circuit ruling in favor of Luisa Valladolid, which eschewed tests used by the Third and Fifth Circuits and held that OCSLA's workers compensation provision applied as long as there was...
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