Split Texas Court Clears Offshore Firm In Dry-Dock Injury

Law360, New York (June 16, 2017, 4:36 PM EDT) -- A split Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that an offshore oil and gas company can't be held liable under the Jones Act for injuries a worker sustained on a vessel in dry dock, reversing a lower appellate court decision.

In a 5-4 ruling, the high court reinstated a trial court’s award of summary judgment to Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. and related entities in a claim from worker Kelvin Gold, who was injured on a Helix ship when it was undergoing extensive renovations in Singapore.

The vessel was being converted from a ship that drills offshore wells to one that services...

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