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Orleans Parish sheriff names New York Times in libel suit

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 21, 2018

A complaint filed in Eastern Louisiana Court July 13 brings claims of libel against the New York Times in its coverage of the office of Marlin Gusman, the sheriff of Orleans Parish. The case revolves around a 2018 story characterized as a video op-ed that appeared on the New York Times site.

Former employee files whistleblower suit against VA Canteen Services

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 21, 2018

In a complaint filed July 11, counsel for plaintiff Terri Hunter brings a whistleblower claim against the Department of Veterans Affairs Canteen Services in the Western District of Louisiana – alleging that the plaintiff was retaliated against for reporting poor handling of food and drug products.

Woman claims Zimmer Biomet's artificial hip led to renal failure

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 30, 2018

An allegedly defective artificial hip that led to a second hip replacement and, ultimately, renal failure, has led a Shreveport woman to file a complaint against Zimmer Biomet Inc., the company that makes the prosthetic.

Texas judge rejects call to dismiss DACA lawsuit

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 16, 2018

​U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen entered a one-sentence order rejecting a motion to dismiss a multistate effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, filed Tuesday by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund .

DeRidder councilman-elect questions lawsuit seeking to disqualify him from serving

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 16, 2018

​Michael Harris, who was recently elected to serve on the DeRidder City Council, is facing a city lawsuit that claims the veteran is not eligible to hold the office because the location of his residence is outside city limits.

Judge grants part of Great Lakes Dredge and Dock's motion to dismiss expert witnesses in maritime injury case

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – In a court order filed May 31 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk ruled on a defendant's motion to exclude two of the plaintiff's witnesses from testimony in a maritime work injury lawsuit.

Owner of ship that struck well denied summary judgment in insurance bonus case

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied a defendant's motion for summary judgment in a legal challenge regarding an insured well that was damaged by a moving ship.

Electronic security system antitrust case transferred to federal court in Texas

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently ordered a dispute claiming antitrust violations and violations of state commerce laws in the states of Louisiana, Texas and California transferred to the federal court in Texas.

Alliance Energy Services ordered to pay attorneys' fees in overtime pay case

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Alliance Energy Services was recently ordered to pay attorneys' fees and costs related to a settlement agreement over uncompensated work time.

Worker sues Baywater Drilling claiming he injured his back while working aboard barge

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 7, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A drilling barge worker recently filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans Division, claiming he was injured while working aboard a vessel owned and operated by Baywater Drilling in waters off of the Louisiana coast south of Lafitte.

Partco alleges fired employee hacked website, email

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 3, 2018

A complaint filed May 24 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana alleges a recently terminated employee hacked into the company's website and email system, essentially rendering both unusable; and took client files when she left.

New Orleans marijuana dispensary license fight raises questions about process

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 30, 2018

A race to obtain permits for some of the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries has at least one business suing over not being selected for a regional license.

New Orleans' Downtown Development District claims city may have improperly diverted special funds to pensions

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 23, 2018

A May 15 report from KSLA-TV said the Downtown Development District of New Orleans, a local agency working on economic growth and revitalization, filed a lawsuit in Orleans Parish Civil District Court claiming the city of New Orleans is diverting funds meant for other activities to its pension funds.

Fifth Circuit to rule on case involving man who was arrested for threatening to file complaint against police

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 9, 2018

William Aubin Jr. was at home when a sheriff’s deputy arrived on his street looking for a reckless driver. The deputy was not looking for Aubin, but he ended up getting arrested anyway.

State spent over $5 million on hundreds of sexual harassment claims involving DOC

By Justin Stoltzfus | Apr 20, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana has a sexual harassment problem – like everywhere else, it seems – but a new report shows this has become especially costly, particularly in corrections.

Advocacy Center attorney said Homer prison has gone too far in controlling inmates

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 2, 2018

BATON ROUGE—Some inmates in Louisiana might get some legal recourse for alleged harsh treatment in a class-action suit brought against the Louisiana Department of Corrections and the David Wade Correctional Center (DWCC).

University of Southern Mississippi seeks dismissal of former football player's suit

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 16, 2018

BATON ROUGE – An unusual lawsuit against the University of Southern Mississippi involves a former football player suing over allegations of discrimination on the basis of a medical condition and claiming the university violated Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by discussing his condition with staff.

Webster Parish school prayer case illustrates complexity of 1st Amendment rights

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 6, 2018

A challenge to school prayer in Webster Parish could have an effect on similar cases around the United States.

(Corrected) Legal expert: Judges need to recuse themselves when contributors become litigants

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — With the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry backing Jimmy Genovese and trial lawyers supporting Marilyn Castle in the race to replace outgoing state Supreme Court Justice Jeanette Knoll, the flow of political donations from special interest groups such as these raises the question of whether judges should recuse themselves when contributors become litigants.

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