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Woman's lawsuit against Costco is transferred to federal court

By John Sammon | Jun 24, 2018

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit in which a woman alleged the contaminated smoothie drink she consumed caused her to contract Hepatitis A is being moved from a state to a federal court.

Louisiana African-American voters target Secretary of State in fight against districting tactics

By John Sammon | Jun 22, 2018

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit filed June 13 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana seeks relief from what plaintiffs allege is the unfair packing of African American voters into one voting district and spreading them out among others to minimize black politicians' chances to hold office.

Filipino teachers claim Caddo Parish violated their civil rights

By John Sammon | Jun 16, 2018

A group of teachers formerly from the Philippines has filed a lawsuit against the Caddo Parish School Board alleging discrimination in that they were paid less than other (non-Filipino) teachers.

Judge rejects reconsideration of decision regarding physical evaluation in case of injured oil worker

By John Sammon | Jun 14, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to reconsider a magistrate judge's decision denying a request to compel an injured oil worker to submit to a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), the ability to perform work activities.

Louisiana court denies request to transfer suit against coffee products firm CEO to Hawaii

By John Sammon | Jun 14, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently turned back a request for a change of venue regarding a lawsuit alleging that the CEO of a coffee products firm abused his position to profit a new company he had started.

First Emanuel Homes of New Orleans denied partial summary judgment in renter's suit

By John Sammon | Jun 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The owner of a low-income housing development recently a setback in a legal dispute with a renter when the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied the owner's motion for a partial summary judgment.

Federal court says it lacks jurisdiction in computer information theft case filed in Louisiana

By John Sammon | Jun 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently dismissed a lawsuit alleging the theft of computer information by a Texas-based direct mail marketing firm saying it had no jurisdiction over the case.

Tennessee man claims drug companies ignored Xarelto bleeding risks

By John Sammon | Jun 5, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A Tennessee man is suing the companies that manufacture and distribute the drug Xarelto, claiming the firms ignored warnings that the drug could cause dangerous bleeding events of the kind that led to his own physical harm.

Lack of in-person interpreter for nonverbal deaf man leads to discrimination claim against health care provider

By John Sammon | Jun 2, 2018

​A man who is deaf, visually impaired and nonverbal is suing a medical care center, claiming the center deprived him of his rights by denying him an in-person interpreter to explain his treatment and instead forced him to use a VRI (video-remote interpreting) device.

Fired banker cites age discrimination in lawsuit

By John Sammon | Jun 2, 2018

A Louisiana woman is suing the bank where she served as an employee for 19 years, alleging Sabine State Bank & Trust Co. terminated her without cause in part because of her age and a desire to bring in “new blood.”

Man demands jury trial over alleged Takata airbag failure

By John Sammon | Jun 1, 2018

A man is suing the manufacturer and distributor of what he maintained was a defective airbag that allegedly failed properly deploy during an accident, causing him physical injury.

Head of Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners keeps job after month-long investigation

By John Sammon | May 5, 2018

By a narrow 5-4 vote, Fabian Blache III, executive director of the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners, kept his job April 30 after the board found that accusations against him of favoritism, inappropriate conduct and of damaging agency morale were unsubstantiated.

Law scholar says measure requiring unanimous jury vote for felony convictions in Louisiana is needed

By John Sammon | May 1, 2018

BATON ROUGE — A measure proposed by state Sen. J.P. Morrell (D-New Orleans) that would change the requirement to convict a defendant of a felony to a unanimous jury vote from a nonunanimous vote could lead to the single most important legal reform in the state’s history, a law scholar said.

State court filing seeks to take over Jeanerette finances

By John Sammon | Mar 9, 2018

The state of Louisiana is moving to appoint a fiscal administrator for the city of Jeanerette after the city repeatedly failed to submit necessary annual audits and for other financial missteps.

LLAW executive director says it's time for lawmakers to fix legal system -- and sky-high insurance rates

By John Sammon | Mar 4, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s climb to near the highest car insurance rates in the country is a result of a lawsuit happy court system and lawyer gouging as well as too many uninsured drivers, experts say.

Owner of Monroe business accused of tax evasion says he won’t fight state in court

By John Sammon | Feb 18, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The owner of one of three businesses accused by the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) of evading tax payments in a high-profile showcase crackdown said he won’t fight the state in court.

Judge denies environmental groups' records search request in Louisiana pipeline challenge

By John Sammon | Feb 5, 2018

A 19th Judicial District judge has refused to order an additional records search in the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards in a case brought by activists including environmental group Louisiana Bucket Brigade to stop construction of an oil pipeline.

Longtime Lafayette judge is fondly remembered

By John Sammon | Dec 8, 2017

LAFAYETTE—He was known as the judge who was “Firm but fair.”

Royal Caribbean not eligible to join Deepwater Horizon oil-spill class action, court rules

By John Sammon | Oct 26, 2017

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was denied the right to join a class-action settlement against BP Exploration & Production and BP America Production Co. and BP PLC for an oil spill that began on April 20, 2010, and polluted the Gulf of Mexico.

Lack of accountability, judicial corruption to blame for Louisiana's low legal ranking, reformers say

By John Sammon | Sep 22, 2017

Legal reform activists say Louisiana is the most frivolous-lawsuit-prone state in the country because it lacks accountability and its judicial system badly needs an overhaul.

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