Brown v. MSC Soraya et al, No. 2:2012cv01294 - Document 96 (E.D. La. 2014)

Court Description: ORDER AND REASONS denying 75 Motion for Summary Judgment; denying 76 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by Judge Helen G. Berrigan on 07/29/2014. (kac)
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Brown v. MSC Soraya et al Doc. 96 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA EUGENE BROWN CIVIL ACTION VERSUS NO. 12 1294 MSC SORAYA, ET AL SECTION C (2) ORDER AND REASONS This matter comes before the Court on motion for summary judgment filed by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Orleans ( Port ) and motion for summary judgment filed by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., S.A. ( MSC ), Rec. Docs. 75, 76. Having considered the record, the memoranda of counsel and the law, the Court rules as follows. The plaintiff sued MSC under 33 U.S. ยง 905(b) and diversity seeking damages for personal injuries allegedly sustained inMay 2009 when he fell on a slippery substance on MSC s vessel while working as a longshoreman for Ceres Gulf, Inc. MSC filed a third party complaint under Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(h) against the Port with a tender under Fed. R. Civ. P. 14, alleging that one of the Port s container cranes was responsible for the slippery substance and accident. The Port filed a counterclaim against MSC claiming indemnity. Dockets.Justia.com In their motions, both MSC and the Port argue that the other is responsible for the presence of the slippery substance, and both motions are accompanied with proof in support of each argument. As a result, there is an underlying genuine issue of material fact as to the nature and origin of any slippery substance involved in the plaintiff s accident, along with fault, that precludes summary judgment by any party. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the motion for summary judgment filed by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Orleans and the motion for summary judgment filed by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co., S.A. are DENIED. Rec. Docs. 75, 76. New Orleans, Louisiana, this 29th day of July, 2013. _________________________________________ HELEN G. BERRIGAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2