Jones Act, Seaman & Nabors Offshore

The Jones Act, Seaman & Nabors Offshore case is about a maritime seaman on a vessel in navigable waters that was injured and later filed a lawsuit under the Jones Act.  This case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a motion for summary judgment (seaman status).  A brief summary of the Jones Act, Seaman & Nabors Offshore case includes:

  • This case arises out of an on-the-job personal injury. Seaman status is disputed.
  • Raymond Felder was employed by Nabors Offshore Corporation as an assistant driller to the Nabors M400, a platform rig that was stacked and located at Kiewit Offshore Services yard in Ingleside, Texas at the time of the incident. Felder was assigned to this position October 31, 2013; however, he claims that his employment with Nabors has spanned 12 years during which time he has been transferred approximately 25 times to various rig jobs. Felder contends that he qualifies as a seaman under the Jones Act because the majority of his assignments over his employment history have been aboard jack-up rigs and barge rigs, and he has spent considerably more than 30% percent of his time aboard a fleet of vessels owned and operated by Nabors.
  • Nabors does not dispute the plaintiff’s claims about his work history but notes that the plaintiff worked exclusively on land-based platform rigs after his reassignment on November 18, 2012, approximately a year and a half before the incident. As evidence, Nabors points to change of employment status forms, showing that Felder was transferred to the Nabors M201, a drilling workover rig, on November 18, 2012 and then to the N88, also a drilling/workover rig, on July 12, 2013 before his transfer to the Nabors M400 on October 31, 2013.
  • The Court ruled: Granted
  • For more on the Jones Act, Seaman & Nabors Offshore case, please follow this link: Seaman and Nabors – March 24, 2016.


CASE WATCH℠ is a compilation of Jones Act cases nationwide.

Case Watch is provided for the seaman and others as a source of information about various situations in which seaman have been injured while performing their jobs aboard a vessel, ship, platform etc.  The seaman have usually sought remedies (unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure) under general maritime law and the Jones Act.

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