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Judge awards $111.4 million in Chinese drywall litigation

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 11, 2019

Even as he rendered a massive verdict in their favor, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon was compelled to admonish defense attorneys after presiding over multidistrict litigation (MDL) centered on inferior drywall imported from China

Tort reforms needed to curb costs, save jobs, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 29, 2018

Louisiana can never be its best self in the face of an over-exuberant civil court system, Lana Venable, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW), recently told the Louisiana Record.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch study reveals economic impact of excessive litigation

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 22, 2018

A new Economic Benefits of Tort Reform report released by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch reveals civil court costs deriving from excessive litigation is gravely impacting the state economy.

Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense director: Talc verdict indicative of St. Louis' 'judicial hellhole' standing

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 13, 2018

Jim Harris thinks the nearly $5 billion plaintiff award in the latest Johnson & Johnson asbestos trial says more about the jurisdiction where the verdict was rendered than it does about the strength of the evidence presented by the plaintiffs.

New executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch vows to make a difference

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 12, 2018

Lana Sonnier Venable wants to raise awareness about lawsuit abuse and change the perception of what the state of Louisiana stands for.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch names Lana Sonnier Venable executive director

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 9, 2018

Lana Sonnier Venable has been tabbed as the new executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW).

Federal judge denies attorneys' fees to blind man who lost ADA suit against Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.

By Glenn Minnis | May 17, 2018

A federal judge has denied a blind man’s petition for legal fees in a case that began over his claims that water refill stations at a national grocery store chain denied equal access to him in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Federal judge rules in favor of man injured by LMS Intellibound LLC employee

By Glenn Minnis | May 16, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has granted a motion for default judgment in a case brought by a man who claimed he was injured by a forklift that was operated by an employee of the company that was named as the defendant in the suit.

Court substantially limits damages in pipeline erosion case

By Glenn Minnis | May 13, 2018

A federal court judge has limited the damage award to landowners suing one of the country’s largest pipeline companies for land erosion damage to just $1,104.

Judge denies summary judgment in post office slip and fall

By Glenn Minnis | May 13, 2018

​The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a case where a woman alleges she suffered serious injuries in a fall outside a U.S. Post Office facility where the walkway had not been adequately textured.

Louisiana appellate court sends dispute over dissolution of family trust back to trial court

By Glenn Minnis | May 3, 2018

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal has reversed a ruling for summary judgment in a case stemming from the dissolution of a family trust and remanded the case for further proceedings.

1st Circuit affirms judgment in favor of insurer in personal injury case

By Glenn Minnis | May 3, 2018

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment verdict in a personal injury lawsuit in favor of an insurance company named as a defendant.

Louisiana appeals court sides with construction company in dispute with Orleans Parish School Board

By Glenn Minnis | May 3, 2018

The Louisiana Fourth District Court of Appeal has reversed a trial court’s decision and ruled in favor of a construction company in a dispute with the Orleans Parish School Board over payment for services.

Prisoner interview restrictions will be eased after settlement with LSU journalist

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 24, 2018

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Corrections has agreed to ease restrictions on prisoner interviews with journalists to settle a lawsuit filed by a student journalist and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Louisiana chief justice calls for state to provide more money to judiciary

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 24, 2018

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson on Monday laid out all the reasons she thinks the local court system should be given more to do the job it is entrusted with.

Senate Bill 106 would force Louisiana courts to promptly hear cases involving incarcerated juveniles

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 18, 2018

Jamila Johnson hopes Senate Bill 106 will save her the ordeal of having to litigate another case like the one in front of her now.

Port of South Louisiana hopes land dispute with St. James School board won't spill into court

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 17, 2018

Paul AuCoin is hopeful that cooler heads will ultimately prevail in the Port of South Louisiana’s bubbling dispute with the St. James Parish School Board over a stretch of land spread across nearby Vacherie.

1st Circuit remands case over attic ladder injury

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 25, 2018

The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has issued a mixed ruling in a case in which a man sued a general contractor alleging he was injured while touring a home he considered leasing.

Former NOLA death investigator's overtime pay case survives dismissal motion

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 18, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied an Orleans Parish Coroner’s office motion to dismiss a case in which a former death investigator in the office filed a federal suit alleging that she was improperly denied overtime pay during her tenure.

Amid lawsuit over 2017 pipeline explosion, industry group head says production 'as safe as ever'

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 7, 2018

Don Briggs argues that the 2017 natural gas pipeline explosion in St. Charles Parish that killed a man and the ongoing litigation over it shouldn’t be viewed as an indictment of his industry.

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