LHWALongshore and Harbor Worker Act
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The Court heard arguments on whether admiralty allows contribution as between joint tortfeasors on account of claims by third persons, and if it does, whether the LHWA limited Haenn's contribution to the compensation owed the worker under the federal statute.
The Court reserved the question of whether, if Congress chose to extend the right to contribution among joint tortfeasors to admiralty cases, the contribution should be limited by the LHWA.
Furthermore, Hart and Sacks argue that by denying the common law right to contribution, the Court turned tortfeasors like Halcyon into absolute indemnitors of joint tortfeasor employers, because the LHWA, a form of workman's compensation, naturally allowed the employer to recover its payments from the employee if the employee successfully sued a third party like Halcyon.