Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal News

Appeals court agrees AAA Cooper is to blame for fatal Lafayette crash

By Davion Smith | Aug 5, 2018

LAFAYETTE — An appeals court in Louisiana has rejected a trucking company’s request to be declared ‘less culpable’ in a fatal traffic accident that happened four years ago.

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.

Louisiana appellate court partly sides with Citgo in dispute over damages awarded to men exposed to chemicals

By Charmaine Little | May 24, 2018

A Louisiana appellate court has partly sided with a gas company that had challenged a trial court’s decision to award eight plaintiff’s damages after they were exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals, according to a recent opinion in the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of NISCO consolidated tax case

By Carrie Salls | May 22, 2018

LAKE CHARLES – The Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion May that upheld an order from the 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu Parish that decided procedural issues and ordered dismissal of a consolidated tax case involving taxpayer and Lake Charles electric generating company Nelson Industrial Steam Co. (NISCO) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

3rd Circuit affirms decision in malpractice case involving stillborn baby

By Kyla Asbury | May 15, 2018

LAKE CHARLES — An appeals court has ruled a trial court properly granted a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit against a hospital regarding the birth of a stillborn child.

Paragon Casino employees not liable for actions of intoxicated driver

By John Breslin | Apr 15, 2018

Three casino employees cannot be sued for allegedly allowing an intoxicated customer to leave the premises in his car, only to later crash and cause the death of another motorist, a Louisiana appeals court has ruled.

3rd Circuit Court of Appeal affirms judgment in oilfield remediation case

By Robert Davis | Mar 30, 2018

Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed a judgment over the adoption of an oilfield remediation plan submitted by Union Oil Co. of California (UNOCAL) to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ (LDNR).

Appeals court upholds ruling against Golden Nugget Casino

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 24, 2018

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that favors an employee in a lawsuit filed against Golden Nugget Casino.

3rd Circuit affirms settlement against Riceland Petroleum, BP

By Robert Davis | Mar 24, 2018

The Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed a decision to settle claims that Riceland Petroleum Co. and BP America Production Co. caused property damage in a legacy lawsuit filed by multiple landowners in Jefferson Davis Parish.

Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit upholds $59,000 judgment against Duncan Oil

By Nicholas Echevarria | Mar 24, 2018

LAKE CHARLES -- The Louisiana Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit has affirmed a 2016 judgment rendered by the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals favoring the Calcasieu Parish School Board’s case against Duncan Oil Inc. in its entirety.

Louisiana appellate court rules state not vicariously liable for deadly car crash involving city marshal

By Robert Davis | Mar 21, 2018

Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a motion for summary judgment against the state, finding that it is not vicariously responsible for a car accident that injured four and killed one.

Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal grants dismissal in medical malpractice case

By Robert Davis | Mar 21, 2018

&&& On March 7, Louisiana's Third Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed Justin Thomas' claims of medical malpractice against Dr. Otis Rashad Drew after Thomas suffered a brain injury from falling into a coma while he recovered from shoulder surgery.

Court upholds dismissal of malpractice claim against Louisiana dermatology lab

By Amanda Thomas | Mar 18, 2018

LAKE CHARLES – A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a malpractice claim against a dermatology lab accused of missing a patient’s cancer diagnosis.

Appeals court rules Louisiana isn’t bound by Flonase antitrust settlement

By David Hutton | Jan 3, 2018

BATON ROUGE — The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an antitrust settlement that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) reached over its efforts to put a hold on generic alternatives to Flonase nasal spray won’t put the brakes on a similar claim in Louisiana.

Longtime Lafayette judge is fondly remembered

By John Sammon | Dec 8, 2017

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

3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upholds class-action status in double-billing case

By David Hutton | Nov 12, 2017

A Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal panel has upheld a lower court’s ruling certifying a case against West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and other defendants as a class-action lawsuit

Louisiana courts use mix of civil, common law

By Erianne Leatherman | Apr 29, 2017

Legal experts say Louisiana takes a unique approach to its courts, with judges blending two systems to make rulings.

Candidates face their pasts in Court of Appeal race

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 5, 2017

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Candyce Perret and Susan Theall are set to face off in the April 29 runoff for Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B.

After eligibility question, Anseman loses race for state appeals court judgeship

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 5, 2017

LAKE CHARLES — After a last-minute ruling kept her name on the ballot, Vanessa Anseman lost her bid for a place on the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B.

Law professor believes Anseman is not eligible to run for appellate-judge seat

By Nicholas Gueguen | Mar 24, 2017

LAKE CHARLES — Vanessa Anseman is vying to become the next judge on Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, fueled by a recent ruling from that appellate court that she is eligible to run for the seat.

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