• U.S. Supreme Court Expands LHWCA Jurisdiction Under OCSLA
  • June 13, 2012 | Author: Matthew S. Lejeune
  • Law Firm: Jones Walker LLP - New Orleans Office
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (“OCSLA”) extends the federal workers' compensation scheme established in the LHWCA, 33 U.S.C. § 901 et seq., to injuries “occurring as the result of operations conducted on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”)” for the purpose of extracting natural resources from the shelf. A split amongst various U.S. Courts of Appeals developed as to the proper test to apply in determining whether a worker was injured “as the result of operations conducted on the Outer Continental Shelf.” The split was resolved in Pacific Operators Offshore, LP v. Valladolid, 132 S.Ct. 680 (2012).