Dawn Geske News

GMA Legal Conference: A 'must-attend event' for food, beverage and consumer product legal professionals

By Dawn Geske | Jan 24, 2019

PALM BEACH GARDENS – This year's Grocery Manufacturers Association's Legal Conference event is set to be held in Palm Beach Gardens on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5.

Dismissal of truck owner-operator's case against Raceland Raw Sugar, Raceland Equipment upheld

By Dawn Geske | May 17, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision in favor of Raceland Raw Sugar LLC (RRS) and Raceland Equipment Co. LLC (REC).

1st Circuit affirms judgment in inlet protector liability case

By Dawn Geske | May 17, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has granted summary judgment to Alvarez Construction Co. and Navigator Specialty Insurance Co. in a case over their liability of an inlet protector covering a storm drain on a construction site.

DoorDash’s arbitration clause in independent contractor agreement upheld

By Dawn Geske | May 16, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has upheld a finding from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas for arbitration between an employee and a food delivery service.

Technicalities doom Livingston Parish flooding case

By Dawn Geske | Apr 22, 2018

A Denham Springs homeowner had his 2016 flooding case against the Livingston Parish Government, and the Livingston Parish Gravity Drainage District No. 1 dismissed on a number of technicalities.

Appeals court rules against BP, confirms Murphy Oil's $58.4 million settlement award

By Dawn Geske | Dec 19, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – BP Exploration & Production Inc. has lost its appeal against Murphy Oil USA to recover $58.4 million in an award settlement as part of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill lawsuit.

Appeals court rules against industry-specific methodologies for calculating losses in BP oil spill

By Dawn Geske | Jun 14, 2017

A federal appeals court recently reversed a lower court ruling that approved the use of special methodologies to calculate economic losses in the construction, education, agriculture and professional services industries from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Crystal Seafood ordered to pay back over $1 million in BP oil spill settlement case

By Dawn Geske | May 24, 2017

A shrimp company and its owners have been ordered to pay back over $1 million that was awarded to them through the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center (DHECC) as part of the BP settlement for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that claimed 11 lives.

Low-settlement awards In Katrina levee-failure case leave victims with as little as $3

By Dawn Geske | Mar 28, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — As the Hurricane Katrina levee-failure case issues its settlement rewards, some victims are feeling less than vindicated with the small monetary amounts awarded to them.

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

By Dawn Geske | Mar 16, 2017

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.

US House passes bill to sanction lawyers for allegedly frivolous lawsuits

By Dawn Geske | Mar 16, 2017

BATON ROUGE — A new bill passed recently by the U.S. House of Representatives would make the lawyers who file allegedly frivolous lawsuits accountable.

Masinter again named to Louisiana Super Lawyer list

By Dawn Geske | Mar 5, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — Labor and employment attorney Eve B. Masinter has been named to the 2017 list of Louisiana Super Lawyers.

EPA's regional haze rule beaten back by lawsuit

By Dawn Geske | Feb 24, 2017

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – After a federal appeals court put a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze regulations in Texas and Oklahoma, the agency announced last year it was dropping the issue.

First Amendment rights at center of police officer's lawsuit for blog comments

By Dawn Geske | Jan 24, 2017

HOUMA — A Houma police officer has filed a lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated when his home was searched and he was put on administrative leave over a complaint that he allegedly authored a defamatory blog about parish public officials and their relationships.

Courts reconsidering recusal of Supreme Court justice in legacy oil cases

By Dawn Geske | Dec 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance has been asked to review a case regarding the removal of a Louisiana Supreme Court justice by his fellow justices to prevent him from hearing two legacy oil cases.

Louisiana Supreme Court will hear case of attorney recommended for disbarment by disciplinary board

By Dawn Geske | Dec 11, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – An attorney has filed an appeal with the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn his suspension banning him from practicing law after he was accused of allegedly using racially offensive and derogatory terms to refer to judges and lawyers.

Louisiana Attorney General confident about ruling on constitutional powers lawsuit against Gov. Edwards

By Dawn Geske | Dec 11, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is awaiting a ruling on his lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards regarding an executive order regarding the placement of language in state contracts disallowing discrimination based on a worker's sexual preference.  

Yenni recall effort challenges 600-foot buffer rule

By Dawn Geske | Dec 5, 2016

ELMWOOD — As part of the recall of Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, a suit has been filed to challenge the 600-foot perimeter law to polling places.

Jefferson Parish voters registrar may recuse himself in Yenni recall effort

By Dawn Geske | Nov 20, 2016

ELMWOOD – As part of the recall effort against Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, the parish registrar of voters may decide to recuse himself from the signature authentication process.

Lawsuit filed by Supreme Court justice against fellow justices dismissed

By Dawn Geske | Nov 13, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge dismissed the case of Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes, who filed suit against his colleagues on the state’s highest court over his forced recusal.

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