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Lawsuit claims gender discrimination against Caddo Correctional Center

A woman has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Caddo Correctional Center for promoting a man she previously hired to a position they both sought.

Worker files $3 million claim for alleged injuries working on Hess Stampede

​​​​​A man is suing Hess Corporation for a steel cabinet that allegedly fell on him, causing injuries, during work he was performing for Hess. The lawsuit also claims as a foreign operation Hess does not have the authority to do business in Louisiana.

Federal judge sends asbestos case involving shipyard back to Orleans Parish District Court

A lawsuit brought by a man who claims that he was exposed to asbestos while working at a shipyard is heading back to Orleans Parish District Court, according to a decision filed on May 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Case against Triple Tail Charters owner over man's fractured ankle dismissed

NEW ORLEANS — A lawsuit against a fishing boat captain alleging negligence after a man suffered an ankle fracture after disembarking a boat has been dismissed for lack of evidence.

Class status granted in former Grand Isle Shipyard worker's wage case

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on May 3 conditionally granted a former Grand Isle Shipyard employee’s request for class certification in his lawsuit alleging the company violated wage laws by not paying employees for overtime work.

Chalk Paint maker granted partial summary judgment in case against US distributor

The maker of Chalk Paint was granted partial summary judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after suing its United States distributor alleging breach of contract.

4th Circuit rules hospital cannot relitigate claims against insurance company

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has ruled that a local hospital cannot relitigate claims that have been dismissed in federal court in its suit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Appeals court denies Department of Economic Development request to change lawsuit venue

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal on April 6 denied the state Department of Economic Development’s appeal to change court venues in its lawsuit with a film company.

Louisiana appeals court agrees doctor not negligent in botched surgery

The Louisiana Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court ruling that a doctor was not negligent in a lawsuit that claimed a mistake during emergency surgery totally disabled a man.

Appellate court won't let Louisiana DOTD off the hook in dangerous road case

A Shreveport couple will go back to trial after the Second Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a judgment in the state’s favor, finding conflicting testimonies about the safety of a local road were sufficient to merit sending the case back to the First Judicial District Court for the Parish of Caddo.

Court won't let BP off on technicality in Deepwater Horizon cleanup workers' case

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 16 agreed with a magistrate's recommendation to reject BP’s motion to dismiss lawsuits filed by two plaintiffs who allege they became ill after cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill.

New Orleans-based legal advocacy group calls on judge to end certain court fees

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is asking Chief Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson to prevent courts from assessing fees against defendants in what the group calls a direct violation of Louisiana statutes, with the hope of reversing some verdicts that have already been enforced.

LLAW keeping a close eye on Louisiana's opioid epidemic lawsuits

BATON ROUGE — The executive director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) was pleased to see the state's governor and attorney general finally come to an agreement on how to handle a dozen pharmaceutical company lawsuits related to the state's opioid epidemic.

Coalition for Common Sense attorney blames high car insurance rates on lawsuit abuse

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has been quoted as saying he believes lawsuit abuse is one of the biggest reasons auto insurance rates are so high in Louisiana, and at least one attorney agrees with him.

Louisiana citizens tackle redistricting during Fair Districts Louisiana’s summit

On Jan. 19, citizens and politicians gathered to discuss the issue of redistricting in Louisiana at a summit put on by Fair Districts Louisiana, a bipartisan movement that aims to change the way redistricting is done in the state.

Louisiana appeals court tosses doctor's defamation suit

BATON ROUGE — The First Circuit Court of Appeals for Louisiana on Jan. 23 agreed with a trial court in the case of a doctor who sued a patient's husband for defamation after the man claimed his wife's death was caused by a misdiagnosis and requested a medical review panel (MRP).

Baton Rouge, mayor pro tem accused of violating 1st Amendment rights

BATON ROUGE — Three prominent Louisiana community leaders kicked out of a public city council meeting in Baton Rouge earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wilson on December 4, alleging their First Amendment rights were violated.