Erianne Leatherman News

Appellate court repeals family’s malpractice suit against East Jefferson General Hospital

By Erianne Leatherman | Sep 19, 2018

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal for Louisiana dismissed a malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a deceased woman against East Jefferson General Hospital.

Contractor seeks to recoup costs incurred in defending itself in injury case

By Erianne Leatherman | Sep 17, 2018

LAFAYETTE – A contractor and its insurance provider recently filed a civil action to recover costs they incurred defending themselves in an injury lawsuit.

Appeals court backs decision sending defamation suit against People Magazine to state court

By Erianne Leatherman | Sep 10, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit recently dismissed an appeal to overturn a district court decision regarding a defamation lawsuit filed against People Magazine in the publication of an article about an unsolved 1985 murder.

Congressman Scalise gave LSU commencement address

By Erianne Leatherman | Jun 16, 2018

Louisiana State University alumnus Rep. Steve Scalise, U.S. House majority whip, gave the keynote address at LSU’s 295th commencement and the main address at the LSU Law Center’s commencement on June 1. Scalise graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in political science.

Federal judge details reasons for Bayou Bridge Pipeline decision

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 24, 2018

A federal judge who stopped construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline last month has explained her ruling, stating that the long-term impact the pipeline will have on the environment is greater than the damage that stopping it would do.

1st Circuit reverses award in fire engine manufacturer lawsuit

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 20, 2018

An appeals court has reversed an order requiring Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. to pay Red Star Consultants LLC and Fepro Fire Protection Co. more than $500,000 in a lawsuit regarding the sale of fire trucks.

Bayou Bridge pipeline construction to continue, federal judge rules

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 3, 2018

Construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline will continue, a federal judge ruled earlier this month, casting aside objections from environmental groups who tried to put a stop to the construction of the final leg of the project due to concerns about the impact it will have on the land and wildlife.

Federal lawsuit alleges abuse, neglect at David Wade Correctional Center

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 1, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Two prisoners have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against David Wade Correctional Center in Homer and the Louisiana Department of Corrections alleging that inmates are “being held in extreme, abusive conditions” and are treated with “cruel and unusual punishment,” according to the lawsuit filed on Feb. 20.

Federal judge blocks Bayou Bridge Pipeline completion

By Erianne Leatherman | Feb 28, 2018

A federal judge ordered a preliminary injunction on Feb. 23 to stop the final construction phase of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Federal appeals court shuts down insurance dispute in tug boat sinking

By Erianne Leatherman | Feb 20, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has overturned a New Orleans appellate court ruling in a dispute between insurance companies and who was responsible for a sunken tug boat.

Edwards backed by Louisiana Democratic Party as state treasurer election nears

By Erianne Leatherman | Nov 6, 2017

The runoff election for Louisiana state treasurer will take place Nov. 18, with Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder facing off.

Louisiana courts use mix of civil, common law

By Erianne Leatherman | Apr 29, 2017

Legal experts say Louisiana takes a unique approach to its courts, with judges blending two systems to make rulings.

Trump administration, Congress face obstacles in tax reform in first 100 days, New Orleans-based lawyer says

By Erianne Leatherman | Feb 26, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – President Donald Trump said he will work with Congress to put his proposed tax reform plan in place this year, with the House Ways and Means Committee expected to push a tax reform bill within the first 100 days of the Trump administration, according to a National Law Review article by a New Orleans attorney employed by Jones Walker LLP.

Lawsuit questions constitutionality of parish commissioners’ retirement benefits

By Erianne Leatherman | Jan 12, 2017

SHREVEPORT — A lawsuit filed by civic activist and local resident Elliott Stonecipher centers on whether retirement benefits and other financial gains paid to elected Caddo Parish commissioners are unconstitutional.

Sudduth elected new member of American Law Society

By Erianne Leatherman | Dec 30, 2016

LAKE CHARLES — The American Law Society Board of Directors recently elected James Sudduth III as a new member.

Louisiana's Landry elected vice president of National Association of Attorneys General

By Erianne Leatherman | Dec 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has been elected vice president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).

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