Still no restitution claim for maritime benefits

The Fifth Circuit released a revised opinion on July 12, 2013 in Boudreaux v. Transocean Deepwater, No. 12-30041.  The holding is the same as its original opinion from March 2013, finding that a Jones Act employer who establishes a defense to ongoing “maintenance and cure” liability because of a seaman’s dishonesty does not have a restitution claim for benefits already paid.  In the new opinion, the dissenting judge now separately concurs, while the majority revises its historic analysis somewhat and notes the effect of the parties’ “bracketed settlement” on the way the issue was presented to the Court.

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