Armstrong, Longshoreman, Maritime & Jones Act

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMArmstrong, Longshoreman, Maritime & Jones Act: A recent case in the United States District Court, D. Maryland ruled on a Motion to Dismiss.

The Armstrong, Longshoreman, Maritime & Jones Act case documents what many workers on a vessel, helicopter, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts, longshoreman and seaman may face today – an onshore injury, offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, helicopter, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

The Court ruled: this court lacks personal jurisdiction as to SSC, and will hold SSC’s Motion in abeyance pending amplification of plaintiff’s request to transfer.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Plaintiff Jordan Armstrong, a longshoreman, has brought suit against eight defendants pursuant to the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the court and common law, alleging negligence, breach of implied warranty, and liability under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. § 901, et seq.
  • The defendants are National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (“National Shipping”); JBH Worldwide, LLC (“JBH”); Reem Heavy Equipment, Ltd. (“Reem”); Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. (“Hertz”); Wallis Concrete, LLC (“Wallis”); Shoppa’s Material Handling Management, LLC (“Shoppa’s”); IronPlanet, Inc. (“IronPlanet”); and Shippers Stevedoring Company (“SSC”).
  • Plaintiff alleges that, on or about June 10, 2013, while he was working as a longshoreman at the Port of Baltimore, servicing a ship called the M/V Saudi Tabuk, he suffered severe bodily injury after being struck by a forklift that was improperly loaded on the ship.
  • Plaintiff seeks to hold defendants collectively responsible for approximately $13,000,000 in damages.
  • At the time of plaintiff’s injury, plaintiff was a longshoreman working at the Port of Baltimore in Maryland.
  • SSC, which provides stevedoring services, is a Texas corporation with its principal place of business in Houston, Texas.
  • On or about June 10, 2013, SSC provided stevedoring services at the Port of Houston.
  • The services included the loading of a forklift onto a vessel, the M/V Saudi Tabuk.
  • With the forklift aboard, the M/V Saudi Tabuk travelled from the Port of Houston to the Port of Baltimore.
  • Plaintiff was among those responsible for servicing the ship in Baltimore.
  • In the process of servicing the vessel, plaintiff was injured.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. ELH-13-03702 – February 20, 2015.


OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMHave you been injured in an offshore accident? Offshore injury?

If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, roustabout, cruise ship employee, etc., the laws that govern the areas of navigation, shipping, and overseas injuries, known as maritime and admiralty laws, may protect you.

Individuals suffering a Maritime, Admiralty, Jones Act type personal injury (offshore injury, offshore accident, oil rig injury, oil rig accident or injured offshore) may be entitled to compensation in the form of maintenance payments, lost wages, monies for medical treatment and other damages. These are some of the jobs that may fall under maritime, Jones act or admiralty law:

  • Merchant Marine
  • Longshoremen
  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter

For more on admiralty, Jones act and maritime injury cases, please follow this link.


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you have been injured while out at sea, injured while on a boat, helicopter or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a longshoreman, seaman, and need an admiralty lawyer, Jones act lawyer or maritime lawyer to help you file an admiralty lawsuit, Jones act lawsuit or maritime lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.