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Parish police chief sued for assault, false arrest in incident with bar patrons

By Elizabeth Alt | Dec 19, 2018

A video has been released in a civil rights lawsuit against Golden Meadows Police Chief Reggie Pitre, showing the police chief assaulting a man outside of a Louisiana bar in September 2017.

St. Bernard Parish Council's insurance firm is not liable for defamation claim

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 22, 2018

On Sept. 7, Louisiana’s Fourth District Court of Appeals affirmed the district court order granting summary judgment to the insurance company for St. Bernard’s Parish government, noting that the insurance policy clearly stated it did not cover defamation and negligence claims.

State Supreme Court finds New Orleans street vendor ordinance violates First Amendment

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 18, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that a New Orleans city ordinance restricting the sale of art by street vendors violates the First Amendment.

Louisiana State Police face lawsuit over Antifa document circulated by neo-Nazis

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 15, 2018

Louisiana State Police refuse to disclose a dossier created by neo-Nazi websites containing names of alleged anti-fascist protesters, a recent lawsuit claims.

District court allows illegal detention lawsuit against Orleans Parish sheriff to move forward

By Elizabeth Alt | Aug 24, 2018

The Eastern District Court of Louisiana has denied the Orleans Parish Sheriff and Department of Corrections’ motions to dismiss a man’s suit alleging he -- along with countless others -- was illegally detained.

New Orleans lawyer named receiver in $100 million Ponzi scheme case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 24, 2018

A federal judge appointed New Orleans lawyer Alysson Mills as the receiver for what could be the largest Ponzi scheme in Mississippi history.

Bamboula's bar, former employee agree to settle sexual harassment claim

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 22, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans bar Bamboula’s has reached a settlement after former employee Julianna Vasquez filed a lawsuit claiming one of the bar's managers repeatedly sexually harassed her.

Appeals court affirms ruling that film studio did not violate privacy rights regarding movie 'American Made'

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 19, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal recently affirmed a trial court ruling that found Universal City Studios did not violate the privacy of the estate of Barry Seal, a Louisiana native who died in 1986, whose life was used as the basis for the 2017 movie “American Made."

Bonding company accuses Sun Industries of breach of contract regarding road project in Ascension Parish

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 17, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Sun Industries LLC based in West Baton Rouge Parish was named in a federal lawsuit recently filed by a bonding company accusing Sun Industries of breach of contract involving a Louisiana Department of Transportation intersection improvement project in Ascension Parish.

Marin Holdings International claims Texas firm is holding its equipment in Mexico

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 14, 2018

Marin Holdings International LLC, a subsidiary of Marin TM Ltd. in Louisiana, sued Frontera Offshore Inc. of Texas on July 3 for breach of contract, breach of verbal contract, and conversion, alleging Frontera has held their equipment in Mexico without payment for over a year.

Harrah’s New Orleans sued for allegedly assaulting two gamblers who said they were card counting

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A federal lawsuit recently was filed by two men who claim they were playing blackjack at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino when casino workers and employees of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office allegedly assaulted and illegally detained the two after claiming they were card counting.

Columbia Gulf Transmission looks to move pipeline construction lawsuit to federal court

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 7, 2018

LAKE CHARLES - Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC wants to have a lawsuit that claims one of its pipelines damaged a farm’s crops moved to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Lake Charles Division from a state court.

Court ruling reinstates 2014 Unbridled Stakes race winner at Louisiana Downs

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 5, 2018

The Second Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a district court ruling reversing a Louisiana State Racing Commission determination that racehorse Coalport’s foul did not alter the outcome of the 2014 Unbridled Stakes Race at Louisiana Downs and that the horse should be reinstated as the winner of that race, according to a May 23 opinion.

State Farm prevails in appeal of suit alleging fallen tree caused house cracks

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 4, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a trial judge did not err in granting judgment to State Farm in a suit that alleged the insurer acted in bad faith when it wouldn’t cover damage to the foundation of a Downsville home that the homeowners claimed was from a tree that fell on their house.

Appeals court affirms Monroe City Schools decision to close charter school

By Elizabeth Alt | May 31, 2018

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal issued a decision affirming a Fourth Judicial District Court for Ouachita Parish ruling that the Monroe City School Board (MCSB) had not erred in its decision to close Excellence Academy charter school.

Appellate court backs decision barring suit by attorney accused of unduly influencing mentally ill man's will

By Elizabeth Alt | May 31, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a Bossier Parish court finding that a Bossier City attorney and his wife can’t sue the son of a deceased client for unpaid services in a case where they have been found to have influenced the father to disinherit his son before his death.

Louisiana appellate court grants Hixson Autoplex of Monroe summary judgment in dispute over repairs done to BMW

By Elizabeth Alt | May 31, 2018

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal issued a ruling on May 23 to grant summary judgment to Hixson Autoplex of Monroe in a suit stemming from allegations that its repairs had caused further damages to a customer's car.

Lawsuit claims gender discrimination against Caddo Correctional Center

By Elizabeth Alt | May 20, 2018

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

By Elizabeth Alt | May 20, 2018

​​​​​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

By Elizabeth Alt | May 15, 2018

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.

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