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Appeals court upholds damages awarded to rig accident survivors

Sam Knef Apr. 18, 2017, 8:09pm

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court's judgment awarding damages to survivors of a deadly barge accident in Bayou Sorrel.

Fifth Circuit gives split decision in dredging suits against oil and gas companies

Sam Knef Apr. 9, 2017, 11:06am

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a split decision for more than 80 Louisiana commercial crawfishermen who claimed dredging activities initiated by oil and gas companies in the Atchafalaya Basin caused damage to their fisheries.

5th Circuit affirms finding for bankruptcy trustee in wage garnishment case

Sam Knef Mar. 21, 2017, 10:39am

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a finding in favor of a bankruptcy trustee in a dispute over $1,756.04 in garnished wages.

Summary judgment for Wal-Mart in slip-and-fall case reversed and remanded

Sam Knef Mar. 21, 2017, 10:31am

NEW ORLEANS — A woman's slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart has been given new life at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appeals court hears Confederate-flag case

Noell Wolfgram Evans Mar. 17, 2017, 1:59pm

NEW ORLEANS — The case over whether the state of Mississippi should be required to remove the Confederate battle-flag symbol from its state flag was heard by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month.

Appeals court rules that New Orleans’ Confederate statues can come down

Dawn Geske Mar. 16, 2017, 3:08pm

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has ruled that Confederate statues in New Orleans will come down, allowing city officials to remove these historic symbols as prominent fixtures in the city.

Southern University professor’s retaliation claim gets mixed ruling by 5th Circuit

Sam Knef Mar. 15, 2017, 7:15pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Southern University math professor's Title VII retaliation claim against her employer and supervisor.

Appeals court finds in favor of construction company over Golden Nugget Lake Charles in lien dispute

Sam Knef Mar. 12, 2017, 10:45pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has found in favor of a construction company over Golden Nugget Lake Charles in a $18.7 million lien dispute.

Fifth Circuit rules companies can reform indemnity provisions in contract

Sam Knef Mar. 12, 2017, 9:43pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s ruling in an insurance dispute that allowed changes to be made to a contract so that an injured offshore worker could get a $2.5 million settlement.

Appellate court affirms that maritime law applies in case involving injured offshore well worker

Sam Knef Mar. 8, 2017, 1:59pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that maritime law applies in the case of an injured offshore natural-gas well worker on a fixed production platform.

Conviction of New Orleans traffic court accountant who overbilled will stand

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 9:30pm

NEW ORLEANS — The conviction and three-year sentence of an accountant found guilty of theft, money laundering and unlawful payment structuring while working as a contractor for the New Orleans Traffic Court will stand, a court has ruled.

Appeals court affirms district court's denial to review boat lift operator’s Horizon claim

Sam Knef Mar. 3, 2017, 9:07pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a finding from federal court in New Orleans that refused to hear a boat lift operator's claim for damages involving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Appeals court upholds denial of citizenship to resident convicted of aggravated felony

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 4:49pm

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to deny citizenship to a permanent resident who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit false or altered lottery tickets.

Detainee can pursue claims against prison worker over delayed medications

Sam Knef Feb. 19, 2017, 1:03pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Concordia Parish Correctional Facility detainee who had been stabbed and stomped on by fellow inmates will get to pursue legal claims against a prison worker who allegedly delayed medical care for more than 10 days after the attack.

Appeals court that contingency fee obtained in fraudulent oil-spill claim can be retained

Sam Knef Feb. 12, 2017, 10:13pm

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit-lending company that had been ordered to pay back $20,000 in restitution for fees it obtained from a fraudulent Deepwater Horizon claim can keep it.

New Orleans requests advance notice of judge's decision regarding Confederate monuments

Cassandra Stone Dec. 18, 2016, 3:43pm

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration wrote a letter to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals asking for 24 hours advance notice before it releases a decision in the Confederate monument removal case.

Former Tulane professor continues 20-year fight against judge

John Breslin Oct. 11, 2016, 5:07pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 years after Carol Bernofsky first filed suit for wrongful dismissal from his job as a biochemistry professor, he is still fighting what he believes is a grave injustice.

Federal agencies allow removal of New Orleans monument commemorating white supremacist revolt

Tara Mapes Sep. 2, 2016, 4:49pm

NEW ORLEANS – Federal agencies will not block the removal of a New Orleans monument that pays tribute to the white supremacist revolt in the Battle of Liberty Place.

Study refutes Louisiana voucher program lawsuit claim

Carrie Salls Jul. 3, 2016, 5:47pm

BATON ROUGE – A study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform revealed that them Louisiana Voucher Program has reduced racial desegregation in public schools, contradicting a federal lawsuit filed in 2013 that claimed otherwise.

Fifth Circuit Court upholds sanctions barring attorneys from representing Deepwater Horizon claimants

April Bamburg Jul. 2, 2016, 4:13pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld sanctions against two attorneys in June, who were disciplined in 2015 for allegedly paying for referrals for claims related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.