Strong Pipkin Prevails in Arbitration on Novel Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act Issue

Partner John Bridger assisted by senior associate David Kirby recently obtained an arbitration award on behalf of a major energy partnership in a breach of contract suit arising out of a demand for indemnity. The case involved a novel issue under the Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Act (LOIA). A contractor’s employee fell on the energy partnership’s platform located on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Louisiana. The injuries required immediate emergency medical care resulting in significant expense incurred by the energy partnership. Despite the serious injuries, the injured worker never filed a third-party lawsuit against the energy partnership. In a case of first impression, Messrs. Bridger and Kirby successfully argued that, under these circumstance, the LOIA did not prevent the energy partnership from obtaining indemnity from the employer for 100% of the cost of emergency medical care incurred by the energy partnership.