No. 81-3004.

727 F.2d 427 (1984)

Jerome D. WALLACE, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, Defendant-Appellant-Appellee, and CITIES SERVICE COMPANY, Defendant-Appellant, v. ZAPATA OFFSHORE CO., Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

March 19, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Patrick A. Juneau, Jr., Kathleen A. Manning, Lafayette, La., for Oceaneering Intern.

St. Paul Bourgeois, IV, Lafayette, La., for Cities Service Co.

John A. Jeansonne, Jr., Lafayette, La., for Zapata Offshore Co.

William D. Hunter, Morgan City, La., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before BROWN, GOLDBERG and HIGGINBOTHAM, Circuit Judges.

JOHN R. BROWN, Circuit Judge:

This case takes us on a familiar voyage. We are confronted here with claims of the seaman status of an offshore oil field diver, improper jury instructions on inflation, insubstantial evidence and an excessive jury verdict. Holding that the plaintiff was a seaman, we affirm the damage award against the employer-diving contractor and against the drilling contractor-vessel owner. However, we reverse the judgment against the oil company...

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