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United States: Zone of Special Danger Doctrine of Defense Base Act Applies to Local Nationals, Not Just Those Sent Abroad to Work in Remote Locations
Posted on 28 Jul 2017 by Thomas A. Robinson

The judicially created zone of special danger doctrine [ see O’Leary v. Brown-Pacific-Maxon, Inc., 340 U.S. 504, 71 S. Ct. 470, 95 L. Ed. 483 (1951)] can be applied to local nationals employed in their home country under an employment contract covered... Read More

Federal: Employee’s Death in Taxi Accident While He Shopped for Groceries Found Compensable Under Defense Base Act
Posted on 17 Jul 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an award of death benefits under the Defense Base Act (DBA) to the widow of an employee who died in an auto accident in Tbilisi, Georgia, while traveling by taxi to shop for groceries. The employee worked for... Read More

Recent Developments Regarding the Scope and Application of the Zone of Special Danger Doctrine
Posted on 13 Mar 2015 by BRBS Longshore Reporter Staff

By Mark A. Reinhalter, Counsel for Longshore, Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. More than ten years of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced considerable litigation under the Defense Base Act, 42 U.S.C.S... Read More