Charmaine Little News

Lawyer is accused of fraudulent conduct during distribution of Deepwater Horizon settlement funds

By Charmaine Little | Feb 19, 2019

Florida attorney Brian J. Donovan has filed a lawsuit claiming fellow lawyer Stephen Herman maliciously misled Donovan’s clients during the fallout of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Woman fails to prove her child requires SSI benefits due to developmental delays and serious impairments

By Charmaine Little | Feb 9, 2019

Despite sustaining a woman’s objections, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana affirmed a magistrate judge’s decision to deny the woman social security benefits for her son on January 14.

Court partially sides with school worker accused of harassment

By Charmaine Little | Feb 9, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted some but not all of the objections from a William J. Fisher School employee accused of making advances toward his subordinate

Court dismisses part of woman's sexual assault case against Slidell Police Dept.

By Charmaine Little | Feb 9, 2019

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana has partially dismissed a case involving a Slidell police officer accused of sexual assa​ult

Summary judgment granted in wrongful termination case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 9, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment in a wrongful termination claim

Court gives plaintiff 'one more chance' to file amended complaint in lawsuit against judgment debtor

By Charmaine Little | Feb 9, 2019

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson Jr., on January 16, made good on giving a plaintiff his one chance to file an amended complaint in an ongoing lawsuit

Summary judgment affirmed in legal malpractice suit stemming from 2010 oil spill

By Charmaine Little | Feb 7, 2019

The State of Louisiana in the Court of Appeal for the First Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment despite challenges from a seafood company engaged in a legal malpractice case

Motion to remand environmental tort against Denka Performance, state agencies is denied

By Charmaine Little | Feb 4, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a plaintiff’s request to remand her environmental tort complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Asbestos claims against Avondale Industries and others remanded to state court

By Charmaine Little | Feb 4, 2019

A man’s motion to remand his case after allegedly being exposed to asbestos by his employer was granted on Jan. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

NOLA Health Solutions failed to prove injury in complex fraud case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 4, 2019

Because a health company didn’t properly state its fraud case and lacks standing, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed its case against a hospital system.

Appeals court responds to Hammerman & Gainer's third-party claims dispute

By Charmaine Little | Feb 4, 2019

On January 7, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied in part and granted in part an insurance company’s partial motion to dismiss after it allegedly denied insurance coverage.

Court grants IHOP worker's request for conditional class certification in employee pay lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently granted a motion for class certification filed by an IHOP employee who filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Court grants motion to dismiss after defendant claims he was improperly served in lollipop patent infringement case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently granted a motion to dismiss a patent infringement case filed by Topps regarding its “Juicy Drop Pop” lollipops after the defendant proved to be hard to find.

Annie Sloan Interiors' battle with Jolie Home continues as court demands documentation

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A company has 10 days to produce documents in its attempt to have a motion to quash a subpoena thrown out.

Retaliation case against St. Tammany Parish sheriff is partially dismissed

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — The St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim was granted in part and denied in part in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Dec. 20.

Leaseholder not liable for seaman's injuries from fighting off vessel fire

By Charmaine Little | Jan 22, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana determined an injured seaman’s general maritime negligence claims against a leaseholder of his contract couldn’t survive summary judgment and granted the motion in favor of the defendant on Dec. 21.

Appeals court backs dismissal of former St. John the Baptist Parish deputy's race discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | Jan 15, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently upheld a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to dismiss a race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former deputy in St. John the Baptist Parish against the parish's sheriff.

Court dismisses property owners' negligence case against real estate agent, orders arbitration in dispute over sale

By Charmaine Little | Jan 10, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently granted a motion to dismiss and compel arbitration in a dispute involving the sale of a shopping center in Thibodaux.

$2.5 million award against BP vacated amid continuing litigation fallout

By Charmaine Little | Jan 2, 2019

In what was said to be because of a calculation err from a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated and remanded a $2.56 million settlement on November 9 for a company in an ongoing legal battle with BP.

Maritime status leads to partial summary judgment in indemnity case

By Charmaine Little | Dec 11, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ironed out an indemnity issue and granted a motion for partial summary judgement on November 15 after a man was injured at work.

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