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Hearing panel recommends disbarred Covington attorney not be readmitted

By Karen Kidd | Dec 6, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – A Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee recently recommended that disbarred Covington attorney David H. Bernstein not be readmitted to the practice of law.

Disciplinary board recommends deferred suspension for Kenner attorney regarding alcohol-related arrests

By Karen Kidd | Dec 5, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Kenner attorney John Julius Steger IV faces possible deferred suspension following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court regarding multiple alcohol-related arrests dating back to 1993.

New Orleans attorney faces suspension related to conviction stemming from sexual encounter with cab driver

By Karen Kidd | Dec 5, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – New Orleans attorney Jennifer Elaine Gaubert faces suspension following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court regarding her criminal conviction stemming from a 2012 sexual encounter with a cab driver.

St. Francisville attorney allowed to permanently resign; Bossier City attorney reinstated

By Karen Kidd | Dec 4, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — St. Francisville attorney Kristy Emfinger Griffin has been allowed to permanently resign in lieu of discipline, and Bossier City attorney Rebecca Lynn Vishnefski has been reinstated following separate Dec. 3 Louisiana Supreme Court orders.

Baton Rouge attorney suspended over allegations that brought earlier reprimand

By Karen Kidd | Dec 4, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Baton Rouge attorney George Allen Roth Walsh, publicly reprimanded last summer by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) for allegedly practicing law while ineligible, faces a 30-day suspension over the same allegations.

Jefferson Parish School Board District 5 runoff challenger sues incumbent over alleged defamation

By Karen Kidd | Dec 3, 2018

The candidate challenging District 5 Jefferson Parish School Board Member Cedric Floyd in the upcoming runoff election has asked a Jefferson Parish court to make the incumbent stop making "misleading and/or defamatory" campaign statements about him.

LADB recommends suspension of Gretna attorney for alleged failure to return fees

By Karen Kidd | Dec 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Gretna attorney Kevin Michael Steel faces possible suspension following a Nov. 30 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court over a failure to return unearned fees to clients.

LADB hearing committee recommends retroactive suspension for disgraced juvenile judge

By Karen Kidd | Dec 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Suspended Slidell attorney and former Orleans Parish Juvenile Court judge Yolanda Julie King faces possible retroactive suspension following a recommendation issued Nov. 30 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Attorney who allegedly fled to Ohio with money from grandmother's estate can permanently resign

By Karen Kidd | Nov 22, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — Just in time for Thanksgiving, suspended Madisonville attorney Scott Robert Hymel was allowed to permanently resign from practicing law in Louisiana following allegations that he stole from his grandmother's estate.

Judge issues stay pending arbitration in dispute over damaged New Orleans hotel

By Karen Kidd | Nov 20, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently agreed to stay – but not dismiss – a third-party demand for indemnification by a Louisiana-based architectural firm against a New York engineering firm in a lawsuit over water damage to a hotel being renovated in New Orleans' historic central business district.

Democrat challenger who lost to DeWitt in midterm race seeks probe after being fired from his job after election

By Karen Kidd | Nov 20, 2018

BATON ROUGE – The Democrat who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-Baton Rouge) in Louisiana's 6th Congressional District has filed a complaint against his former employer who fired him after the midterms, according to a recent news report.

Disbarred Lafayette attorney faces permanent disbarment for allegedly failing to disburse settlement

By Karen Kidd | Nov 20, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Disbarred Lafayette attorney Harold D. Register Jr. faces possible permanent disbarment following a recent recommendation by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over allegations he converted more than $85,000.

Hearing committee recommends reprimand, probation in divorce matter

By Karen Kidd | Nov 19, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Columbia attorney Dina Fae Domangue faces possible deferred suspension and a reprimand following a recommendation issued Nov. 14 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over alleged misconduct in a divorce proceeding.

Federal judge keeps alive Paulina woman's retaliatory firing lawsuit against defunct Plattenville bank

By Karen Kidd | Nov 19, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has left intact part of a Paulina woman's wrongful termination lawsuit against a defunct Plattenville bank that allegedly fired her from her vice president position in 2016 following a $700,000 loss in the the bank's insurance division.

Judge denies motion to dismiss some claims in dispute over MRI equipment at Metairie medical facility

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A medical equipment company that sold a Metairie medical facility a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) package that allegedly doesn't work, despite several years of installation, remains fully on the hook in the medical facility's federal lawsuit.

Judge allows LaPlace-area residents' lawsuit against Denka to move forward

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Thirteen residents who claim a nearby LaPlace chemical plant is threatening their health can move forward with their lawsuit following a recent U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana decision not throw their case out.

Vermilion Parish judge, Lafayette attorney receive deferred suspensions in separate Supreme Court filings

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – A judge in Vermilion Parish received a partially deferred suspension and a Lafayette attorney received a fully deferred suspension in separate Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceedings issued Nov. 14.

New Orleans attorney receives fully deferred suspension, probation after expungement case allegations

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Tyrone F. Watkins has received a fully deferred suspension and probation following a Nov. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he allegedly failed to expedite a client's expungement case.

Hearing panel recommends conditional reinstatement for Houston attorney despite 'serious concerns'

By Karen Kidd | Nov 15, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Houston attorney Attlah Deniece Burrell, suspended for more than a decade, could be reinstated following a recent recommendation issued a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Lawsuit seeks to determine who owns patent on synthetic opioids

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered a Connecticut-based bio-pharmaceutical development company in a legal battle with the U.S. government and Tulane University to chart its counterclaims over who owns the patent on synthetic opioids.

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