The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument on March 25, 2019 in the matter of The Dutra Group v Batterton, which case now stands submitted for decision. The issue to be addressed is the scope of a seaman’s damages under the general maritime law, namely whether punitive damages may be sought. On behalf of the maritime employer/vessel owner Defendant, EPS was successful in having both the Trial Court and 9th Circuit certify the interlocutory appeals sought. Wilmer Hale joined in as Supreme Court co- counsel.
The EPS team has long made law in all areas of their practice, be it general liability, LHWCA, subrogation, CA workers’ compensation or maritime law. On just this issue now to be decided by the SCOTUS, EPS has previously litigated the Jones Act/general maritime damages scope in multiple matters at all judicial levels- (CA) State and Federal Trial Courts, State and Federal Courts of Appeal, and now, the U.S. Supreme Court. This issue will now be decided for all of America by the SCOTUS.
In an appellate matter of significant importance to California carriers and employers, the EPS workers’ compensation subrogation team obtained a victory at the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District. The Court of Appeal issued a decision reversing the Trial Judge, and vindicating the benefit provider’s rights under Labor Code Section 3856.
The Decision can be read here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/G054220.PDF
In a workers’ compensation subrogation matter handled by Barry Ponticello and Renee St.Clair, EPS was able to achieve a reversal of the Trial Court’s ruling on the distribution of judgement proceeds under labor Code Section 3856.
In a 15 page decision (Duncan v. Wal-Mart Stores; Hartford Accident and Indemnity Claimant and Appellant G054220 (2017)), which is being requested for publication by multiple parties and interests groups, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, modified the Trial Court’s Order, in effect reversing the Trial Court’s finding and allowing Hartford its full recovery. Barry Ponticello argued the matter before the Court of Appeal.
In a workers’ compensation subrogation matter involving post Trial division of judgment proceeds and the application and interpretation of Labor Code Section 3856, EPS appeared before the 4th District Court of Appeal, Division Three in Santa Ana. Barry Ponticello, a veteran of California Supreme Court, California Appellate Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit oral arguments, argued on behalf of the benefit provider.