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Fifth Circuit upholds ruling sending non-compete agreement case to arbitration

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling sending a non-compete and non-solicitation violation dispute between The Shaw Group/Aptim Corp. and a former Shaw Group employee to arbitration.

Federal judge grants partial summary judgment in food fight between Bloomin Brands and Mr. Mudbug

Bloomin Brands isn't getting everything it wants as it fights a lawsuit brought by Mr. Mudbug Inc. in a several-years-long food fight over the end of a business relationship that went sour in 2014.

Federal Judge strikes injured man's unseaworthiness claim

A federal judge recently granted a motion for partial summary judgment in a complaint filed against insurers by a man who was injured in 2013 while employed by a marine salvage company that has since filed for bankruptcy.

Federal Judge issues another order in 84 Lumber case

A federal judge overseeing a complaint filed over a soured deal to build two schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has issued another order, this time denying a motion for attorney's fees and to amend or alter the final judgment in the case.

Court won't let BP off on technicality in Deepwater Horizon cleanup workers' case

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 16 agreed with a magistrate's recommendation to reject BP’s motion to dismiss lawsuits filed by two plaintiffs who allege they became ill after cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill.

Judge approves attorneys’ fees, expenses, award in junk fax case against McGowen Enterprises

A federal judge has granted an unopposed motion to approve attorneys’ fees, expenses and a service award in a junk fax class-action lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company accused of violating telephone harassment statutes.

Appeals court declines to revive 11-year-old civil rights case against St. Tammany Sheriff's Office

A federal appeals court recently declined to revive an 11-year-old civil rights lawsuit of a longtime fugitive who claimed he'd been beaten while handcuffed by St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop in 2006.

Court denies partial summary judgment for UPS worker injured while delivering furniture

NEW ORLEANS -- Judge Eldon E. Fallon of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District denied a UPS worker's motion for a partial summary judgment against Weeks Marine Inc., finding that the issue of liability between the parties does not meet the necessary requirements.

Judge throws out teacher’s lawsuit against charter school involving claims of sexual harassment

A federal judge earlier this month ruled that a teacher at William J. Fischer School in Algiers, La. cannot sue the school itself over sexual harassment allegations because the school investigated her complaints. The ruling also stated that because the plaintiff’s alleged injuries “arise out of and in the course of her employment,” that her claim of negligence against Algiers Charter Schools Association (ACSA) should be dismissed.

Court denies Camellia Grills' motion to reconsider in trademark infringement case

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to reconsider its ruling in a trademark infringement case filed by Camellia Grill Holdings (CGH) on March 7, finding that the company sold all of its trademarks to Uptown Grill in a bill of sale.

Former NOLA death investigator's overtime pay case survives dismissal motion

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied an Orleans Parish Coroner’s office motion to dismiss a case in which a former death investigator in the office filed a federal suit alleging that she was improperly denied overtime pay during her tenure.

Owner of foreclosed Gretna property loses FDCPA suit

NEW ORLEANS — A Gretna man who lost his property to a sheriff's sale in October now has lost his case against financers who held the mortgage he paid for 16 years after he failed to respond to their motions, according to a recent court order.

Winn-Dixie wins summary judgement in food poisoning suit

A Louisiana justice has dismissed a food poisoning complaint against a big brand grocer.

Judge approves class-action against Global Staffing Solutions

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana judge has ordered a conditional class action certification against a staffing agency.

Louisiana must pay legal fees of man denied marriage license for lacking birth certificate

NEW ORLEANS — The State of Louisiana will have to pay more than $150,000 to an attorney representing a man who sued after he was denied a marriage license because he doesn't have a birth certificate, according to a federal judge's recent order.

Ruby Slipper Cafe owner accuses former adviser of fraud, breach of contract

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of the Ruby Slipper Cafe in New Orleans have sued a former executive adviser claiming fraud and breach of contract.

Federal judge rules 1,200 Xarelto lawsuits will be removed from MDL for disposition in separate trials

From
Pennsylvania Record

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has ruled that 1,200 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of anti-coagulant drug Xarelto will soon be removed from their multi-district litigation (MDL) status, for resolution in separate jury trials.

Federal judge dismisses employment discrimination case against NAMI New Orleans

A New Orleans-based nonprofit organization has had a small victory over claims of discrimination filed by a former employee.

Eastern District of Louisiana court finds two companies liable in barge collision

A federal court ruled Feb. 14 in a lawsuit involving Marquette Transportation Co. LLC, Kostmayer Construction LLC and Ameri-Force Craft Services Inc. over a barge allision that took place in 2014.

Bankruptcy court must reconsider trustee fees in JFK Capital case, federal appeals court says

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Louisiana's Eastern District will have to reconsider trustee fees it decided to reduce in the bankruptcy of a Metairie man convicted of wire fraud, according to a revised a federal appeals court ruling earlier this month.