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Suspended Metairie attorney faces additional suspension over multiple charges

By Karen Kidd | Mar 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Suspended Metairie attorney Arthur L. Harris Sr. faces additional suspension following a recommendation issued March 12 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over consolidated formal charges against him.

New Orleans attorney voluntarily disbarred after admitting to overbilling his law firm

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans attorney Sean C. Brazil has been voluntarily disbarred following a Feb. 25 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding for allegedly overbilling his former law firm.

Supreme Court indefinitely suspends New Orleans attorney over alleged cocaine possession

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans attorney William Christopher Beary has been voluntarily and indefinitely suspended following a Feb. 25 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney order and recommendation handed down almost a year ago regarding alleged cocaine possession.

Miami attorney receives largely deferred suspension, probation over trust account issues

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Miami attorney Oscar Augusto Araujo has received a largely deferred suspension following a Feb. 25 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations involving his client trust account.

Reinstatement recommended for Baton Rouge attorney following gambling addiction treatment

By Karen Kidd | Feb 26, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Baton Rouge attorney Julie Ann Fusilier, suspended more than two years ago after allegedly breaking into her ex-husband's house, could be reinstated following a Feb. 25 recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

LADB recommends suspension for formerly married attorneys

By Karen Kidd | Feb 25, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — The indefinite suspensions of a once-married New Iberia legal team could become more definite following a recommendation issued Feb. 22 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Suspension recommended for Alexandria attorney over allegations in 3 client matters

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Alexandria attorney Robert Wesley Malone faces possible suspension following a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over allegations in three client matters.

Jury will decide whether injured offshore oil platform worker is a 'borrowed servant,' federal judge rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A jury will have to decide whether an injured worker employed by a contractor on an offshore oil platform is a "borrowed servant," which would mean the platform's Texas-based owner is not liable, a federal judge ruled recently.

Federal judge rules Phillips 66 isn't entitled to coverage from contractor's insurer in pipeline explosion case

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A Texas-based multinational energy company is not entitled to defense or coverage from a contractor's insurer in a personal injury lawsuit filed by workers following a natural gas pipeline explosion, a federal judge recently ruled.

Disciplinary board recommends disbarment for suspended Alexandria attorney

By Karen Kidd | Feb 20, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Suspended Alexandria attorney Kevin Matthew Dantzler faces possible disbarment following a recommendation issued Feb. 12 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board hearing committee over allegations arising from multiple complaints.

Court dismisses East Baton Rouge Parish woman's discrimination suit against Phillips 66

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently dismissed an East Baton Rouge Parish woman's discrimination suit against an industrial services firm and Texas-based Phillips 66 Company because she did not file the litigation on time.

Colorado lawyer reciprocally disbarred in Louisiana after role in client funds conversions

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Colorado Springs attorney Philip Martin Kleinsmith has been reciprocally disbarred following a Feb. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after a similar discipline in the other state for alleged conversion of client funds.

Former Monroe councilman convicted of racketeering readmitted to practice law

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Disbarred Monroe attorney and former city councilman Arthur Gilmore Jr. has been readmitted following a Feb. 15 Louisiana Supreme Court decision and his release from federal imprisonment over racketeering charges.

Permanent disbarment recommend for Covington attorney after 2015 stalking, harassment arrest

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — Disbarred Covington attorney Raymond Charles Burkart III faces possible permanent disbarment following a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) over allegations that included harassing his ex-girlfriend in 2015.

Court stays claim against shipping company, 'pending the outcome of arbitration, if any'

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A third-party defendant in a Malta-based navigation company's $1.1 million lawsuit over an oil spill on the Mississippi River isn't off the hook but claims against it are pending arbitration that may never happen, according to a federal judge's recent order.

Judge dismisses Louisiana protective coating company's lawsuit against insurers

By Karen Kidd | Feb 18, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently dismissed a now defunct Louisiana protective coating company's bad faith claims adjustment and legal malpractice lawsuit against two insurers for not clearly stating their case.

Court dismisses malpractice suit against LSU Health Sciences physician

By Karen Kidd | Feb 18, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge recently dismissed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Louisiana State University Health Sciences physician who allegedly failed to properly diagnose a patient's complaints of chest pains in 2013.

Federal judge stays worker's suit claiming injuries from cleanup following Deepwater Horizon spill

By Karen Kidd | Feb 18, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently granted a stay in lawsuit filed a Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup worker against two BP subsidiaries over illnesses he claims were brought on by exposure to crude oil and other hydrocarbons.

U.S. District Court judge dismisses mesothelioma case after finding expert witnesses unreliable

By Karen Kidd | Feb 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge recently dismissed the mesothelioma case of a man briefly employed as an engine room worker on Lake Pontchartrain in 1973, saying the case couldn't move forward without two expert witnesses she decided to exclude.

Lake Charles attorney faces suspension for violating professional conduct rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Ineligible Lake Charles attorney Candace Pousson Howay faces suspension following a recommendation issued Feb. 12 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over allegations in a single client matter.

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