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New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

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TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.

Association: Flood authority's case could harm oil companies despite Supreme Court denial to hear appeal

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's failed lawsuit against oil companies could harm the industry's ability to do business in Louisiana, a trade association official said.

Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office accused of coercing crime victims, witnesses

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the District Attorney of Orleans Parish and others alleges that prosecutors unlawfully arrest, imprison and coerce crime victims and witnesses.

New Orleans attorney suspended over failing to communicate with client, other allegations

New Orleans attorney and Bruno and Bruno law firm co-founder Joseph M. Bruno Sr. received a partially stayed 90-day suspension following allegations he failed to communicate with a client for nine months.

5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates district court ruling in pig iron attachment dispute

Two creditors that attached the same pig iron owned by America Metals Trading LLP (AMT) will have to continue seeking a resolution after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court ruling that dissolved one creditor’s attachment.

Federal court tosses Sofia Vergara pre-embroyo lawsuit, cites lack of jurisdiction

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has granted actress Sofia Vergara's motion to dismiss the complaint filed by her ex-fiancé over the custody of two frozen pre-embryos.

Federal court backs Louisiana woman in debt collection case

A federal court judge has awarded a Louisiana woman a $1,500 default judgment in her Fair Debt Collection Practices suit against a New York collections agency.

Terrebonne Parish pays $50,000 to couple after sheriff searches home, seizes computer equipment

Terrebonne Parish has paid $50,000 to a local couple to settle a lawsuit after a sheriff searched their home.

Dispute between law firms over fee-sharing agreement transferred to New Jersey court

A judge has granted a transfer motion filed by law firm Stull, Stull & Brody in a lawsuit against it filed by the Whitehead Law Firm and Goforth, Lewis & Sanford.

Altus GTS Inc. alleges former employee misappropriated trade secrets

NEW ORLEANS – A Kenner commercial debt collection agency alleges a former employee unlawfully used its confidential information.

Seadrill Americas employee claims unsafe work environment caused injuries

NEW ORLEANS – A medic alleges he was injured on a vessel because his employer failed to provide a safe working environment.

Assistant managers allege TACI Investments Inc. owes unpaid overtime wages

NEW ORLEANS – Two assistant managers for restaurant franchise operators allege that they were not compensated at the correct rate for overtime work and have filed a class-action suit.

ES&H Inc. employee alleges unsafe work environment caused injuries

NEW ORLEANS – Dominican Republic citizen residing in Jefferson Parish alleges that his Houma employers failed to provide a safe place to work.

Adriatic Marine employee alleges he is owed benefits for work injury

NEW ORLEANS – A Lafourche Parish man alleges that his Raceland employer has failed to pay maintenance and cure benefits for an injury he sustained while working.

Shipyard Services alleges it is still owed $92,400 for ship repairs

NEW ORLEANS – A Plaquemine Parish company alleges it has not been paid in full for repairs it made to a ship.

Individuals allege unmarked Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. LLC of Louisiana buoy caused injuries

NEW ORLEANS – A Plaquemines Parish family alleges three individuals were injured when their fishing boat struck an unmarked buoy.

Man alleges law firm, Diamond Offshore and individuals violated his constitutional rights

NEW ORLEANS – A St. Tammany Parish man alleges his reputation was damaged by a frivolous petition for divorce.

Inmate alleges he was wrongfully convicted, seeks millions in damages

NEW ORLEANS – An inmate is seeking $40 million in damages over alleged defamation of character from the city of New Orleans and law enforcement officials.

Former O'Reilly Automotive Store employees allege retaliatory treatment

NEW ORLEANS – Four Orleans Parish residents and one East Baton Rouge Parish resident allege they were subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination and a hostile work environment while employed by an automotive parts retailer

Surety company seeks more than $120,000 from St. Bernard Parish

against St. Bernard Parish Government over allegations that it was damaged after paying performance bonds.