Sandra Lane News

5th Circuit Court upholds denial of damages to family of deceased oilfield worker

By Sandra Lane | Jul 17, 2018

Family missed the filing deadline of one year, saying they didn’t discover the possible cause of death for four years.

1st Circuit Court of Appeal affirms majority of decision on zoning violation

By Sandra Lane | Jul 17, 2018

Peremptory exception is denied, unfair trade practice is reversed

Appeals court upholds damages awarded in Iberia Parish chemical plant explosion

By Sandra Lane | Jul 16, 2018

LAKE CHARLES – Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal recently upheld a ruling by the 16th Judicial District Court in Iberia Parish concerning damages related to a chemical fire in Iberia Parish on June 14, 2011.

Appeals court remands Shreveport firefighter's dismissal back to district court

By Sandra Lane | Jul 12, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal recently reversed the decision of the First Judicial District Court for Caddo Parish concerning the dismissal of a Shreveport firefighter who lost his job after being accused of knowledge of improper conduct but failing to report it.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of prison trusty's injury suit against Claiborne Parish Police Jury

By Sandra Lane | Jul 10, 2018

SHREVEPORT – A three-judge Louisiana appeals court panel recently turned down the appeal of a prison trusty, Lindsey French, who had been seriously injured while mowing grass along Louisiana highways.

FDA asks court to stop sales by Louisiana snack food company

By Sandra Lane | Jul 10, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – In an attempt to stop the selling of packaged sandwiches, fruit cups and snack cups that tested positive for a major pathogen, a complaint for permanent injunction was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on June 22 by three agencies of the U.S. government.

Superdome security guard accuses Louisiana state troopers, state police of false arrest

By Sandra Lane | Jul 10, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A Superdome security guard who was stopped on the way home from work and arrested by two Louisiana state troopers for intoxication, has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, charging false arrest and seeking damages.

Appeals court affirms no defamation by Shreveport city officials in case tied to water billing

By Sandra Lane | Jul 9, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal recently dashed the hopes of two men with former ties to Shreveport city government in obtaining damages from two city officials for what they alleged to be defamation of character.

Judge blames dismissal of Medtronic, Covidien product defect case on lack of argument, opens door for changes

By Sandra Lane | Jul 1, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Judge Sarah Vance of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana said in a June 20 opinion that her decision to dismiss a defective medical products lawsuit was based more on the plaintiff's attorneys' failure to construct a convincing argument and a lack of detail than on the merits of the plaintiff's claims.

Johnson & Johnson files motion to move class-action opioid lawsuit to higher court

By Sandra Lane | Jun 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. filed a motion June 4 to move a class-action lawsuit against them and 21 additional pharmaceutical companies to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from the Civil District Court of the Parish of Orleans.

MLB Pitcher Trevor Bauer files suit to prevent unauthorized use of his name and products

By Sandra Lane | Jun 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – Major League Baseball Player Trevor Bauer filed a complaint June 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in an attempt to prevent a Louisiana company from allegedly continuing to infringe on his intellectual properties and related services.

Packaging Corp. of America, Boise Packaging ask court to move explosion lawsuit

By Sandra Lane | Jun 16, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Packaging Corp. of America, Boise Packaging & Newsprint LLC and Rick Butterfield, defendants in a personal injury lawsuit, filed a notice of removal to change the venue of their pending legal action to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana from the 19h Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge.

Fifth Circuit Appeals Court issues multi-faceted ruling on employment dispute

By Sandra Lane | Jun 16, 2018

An employment dispute between a seller of ocean-going cruises and one of its sales people was reviewed by a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, on April 23, resulting in a mixed verdict.

CenturyLink stockholders claim company misled customers, demand reform

By Sandra Lane | Jun 12, 2018

LAFAYETTE - A lawsuit was filed June 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana by Neil Flanders and CenturyLink stockholders against 17 senior officers and company directors, including former U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty.

Appeals court upholds trial court’s ruling concerning settlement of medical malpractice claims

By Sandra Lane | Jun 7, 2018

SHREVEPORT – Chief Judge Henry N. Brown Jr. of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently affirmed the decision of a trial court in granting the peremptory exception of res judicata filed by Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO) regarding a settlement agreement in a case involving medical malpractice claims.

Appeals court modifies jury awards in injury suit stemming from 2013 gas well explosion

By Sandra Lane | Jun 5, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently amended monetary damages awarded to two workers by a trial court in a personal injury case involving serious burn injuries they incurred in a gas well explosion.

Appeals court affirms Union Parish court ruling in favor of RSI Building Products in payment dispute

By Sandra Lane | Jun 4, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently upheld a decision by a trial court regarding a dispute about payment for building and roofing supplies.

Federal judge approves settlement in suit seeking unpaid overtime wages for Doris Metropolitan bartender

By Sandra Lane | May 31, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A judge in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana issued a ruling May 21 approving a settlement in a lawsuit seeking payment for unpaid overtime for a bartender at Doris Metropolitan.

Judge denies motion to amend complaint against Sun Life Financial alleging fraudulent withdrawals

By Sandra Lane | May 29, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied a motion to amend a complaint against Sun Life Financial and other defendants in a case alleging fraudulent withdrawals from an annuity.

1st Circuit delivers mixed ruling in women's case alleging false arrest

By Sandra Lane | May 2, 2018

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal delivered a mixed ruling April 13 in a suit filed by two women who say they were unjustly arrested.

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