Charmaine Little News

Appeals court orders McDonnel Group back to arbitration in dispute with insurer

By Charmaine Little | May 24, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed that an arbitration amendment is irrelevant, ordering a company suing its insurance provider to take the arbitration route on May 13.

Federal court upholds denial of motion for reconsideration in wage case against Flight Services and Systems

By Charmaine Little | May 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana affirmed a ruling earlier this month from a magistrate judge who denied the plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration in a wage and overtime pay case.

Fifth Circuit affirms deceased man's ex-wife entitled to $500K from 401(k) after widow sues

By Charmaine Little | May 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ironed out a case between a deceased man’s widow and ex-wife, siding with the ex-wife and ruling that she’s owed $500,000 from the decedent’s 401(k) balance.

Appeals court backs ruling on provisional status for Tangipahoa Parish schools

By Charmaine Little | May 14, 2019

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board lost its appeal of a lower court's ruling that granted provisional unitary status for the Louisiana school district.

Court partially grants motion to quash subpoena in alleged string of staged car accidents

By Charmaine Little | May 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted in part and denied in part a motion to quash a subpoena for a group of women accused of staging accidents.

District judge denies Liberty Mutual's motion to lift a stay

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Insurance company Liberty Mutual was not able to convince the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to lift a stay in its lawsuit against Integrated Pro Services LLC.

Judge grants summary judgment to musical duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in copyright suit

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – International music duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis prevailed in a summary judgment motion after a New Orleans musician accused Lewis of stealing his music.

Judge denies Team Contractor's motion to strike jury in dispute with project subcontractors

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – On April 9, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a contracting company’s motion to strike a jury in its breach of contract case against a property company, finding that it agreed to a jury trial.

Investigator who drew gun during civil action raid on physician's office has qualified immunity, court rules

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – An investigator who allegedly broke down the doors of a medical clinic during a search is protected under qualified immunity in a case filed by a doctor citing unlawful detention, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled.

Appeals court reverses 'failed business' declaration in Deepwater Horizon judgment

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

An appeals court placed fault with a district court in incorrectly ruling that a company was considered a “failed business” in its settlement agreement amid the 2010 BP oil spill payout and reversed and remanded a judgment.

Court rules that Dauphine Orleans Hotel failed to provide 'high degree of care' leading to guest's fall

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A patron at a New Orleans hotel was owed a certain level of duty from the inn prior to his accidental fall, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on April 9.

5th Circuit agrees nursery creditors do not have seniority among liens on bankrupt farm

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Two nurseries lost their appeal in an agricultural lien contest after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling on April 10.

Appeals court vacates summary judgment, sending Waste Management's case against rivals accused of bribing Nagin to trial

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

On April 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided against a company accused of bribing a former New Orleans mayor to close a landfill and reversed a previous summary judgment ruling in its favor.

BP is denied discretionary review in appeal of Deepwater Horizon settlement

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – In one of the remaining ongoing litigations from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed a ruling concerning costs in a settlement agreement that BP appealed.

Federal judge sends whistleblower case back to civil court

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Judge Lance M. Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana remanded a whistleblower case back to state court on April 22.

Hospital granted summary judgment in discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A U.S. District Court ruled a deaf woman was not able to prove that the discrimination she claimed in her lawsuit was intentional when it granted the defendant a motion for summary judgment on April 22.

Federal court grants attorneys' fees and costs after FLSA settlement

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A joint motion for Approval of Attorney’s Fees and Costs was green-lighted for a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana April 22.

Court rules on lawsuit involving man who picked up wet electrical cord

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – On April 23, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted in part and denied in part Alliance Offshore, LLC and Alliance Liftboats, LLC’s motion for partial summary judgment in a personal injury lawsuit against them.

Firm's motion for attorneys' fees denied in post-Katrina Chinese drywall case

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Attorneys’ fees for interest earned following a Chinese drywall issue during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina were denied in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 26.

Federal court grants motion for summary judgment in maritime case

By Charmaine Little | May 8, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – On April 26, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ironed out a complex case of a deal between maritime companies gone wrong, and granted a motion for summary judgment.

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