Offshore Worker Injury Suit Heads For Texas High Court

Law360, Dallas (October 21, 2016, 6:37 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an offshore oil and gas company’s argument it can’t be held liable under the Jones Act to a worker injured when one of its ships was undergoing major reconstructions.

Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. and related entities told the Texas justices in briefing that a lower appellate ruling made Texas the only state in the country where the Jones Act, the federal law that protects American workers injured at sea, applies even when a ship is out of navigation for an extended time. Helix is defending a claim brought by worker Kelvin...

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