News from 2010

Judge's decision on Chinese drywall award will be bellwether

By Michelle Massey | Mar 5, 2010

After hearing testimony from several Virginia homeowners during a February bench trial against Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co., U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's highly anticipated ruling is expected to be a bellwether.

Apple responds to allegations of fraud in iPhone MMS litigations

By Michelle Massey | Mar 5, 2010

Bickford Apple says it did not deceive or defraud customers who bought iPhones without multimedia messaging service, according to its response in a series of lawsuits pending in federal court in New Orleans.

New Orleans resident injured using Pilates chair

By Michelle Massey | Mar 5, 2010

New Orleans resident Sandra Andry claims she seriously injured her back on an exercise machine, according to a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Louisiana man believes reflux drug caused Parkinson's disease

By Michelle Massey | Mar 5, 2010

After four months of taking the drug Reglan to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, a Louisiana resident alleges he developed drug-induced Parkinson's disease.

Woman sues bank after glass partition shatters onto her face

By Michelle Massey | Mar 8, 2010

A New Orleans bank customer is suing over severe injuries she claims to have sustained when a glass partition shattered and sprayed glass in her face.

Suit claims Lockheed Martin violated Military Service Relief Act

By Michelle Massey | Mar 8, 2010

A U.S. naval reserve commander wants his employer Lockheed Martin to follow the law by paying vacation credits and differential during the time he was called to active duty.

Falling elevator case set for trial March 29 in federal court

By Michelle Massey | Mar 12, 2010

With settlement negotiations stalled and summary judgment motions denied, several companies will soon be heading to trial to argue who is responsible for a falling elevator in a parking garage owned by Hertz Texaco Center.

Post traumatic stress disorder claimed by man who falls from chair at Macy's

By Michelle Massey | Mar 19, 2010

A Macy's customer claims to suffer from post-traumatic stress after sitting in a chair that broke at a Lafayette store.

Barge worker claims staph infection; seeks $2 million in damages

By Michelle Massey | Mar 19, 2010

A seaman believes he caught a medicine-resistant staph infection while working on a heavy lift derrick barge in navigation.

Man's fingers severed during basketball goal assembly; suit claims loss of enjoyment of life

By Michelle Massey | Mar 19, 2010

A man who severed two fingers while assembling a portable basketball goal known as "The Beast" is suing the manufacturer and others.

Zicam caused man to lose sense of smell, suit claims

By Michelle Massey | Mar 19, 2010

A man who claims he lost sense of smell after using Zicam, filed a personal injury lawsuit against Matrixx, Initiatives, Inc., Zicam LLC., and Botantical Laboratories, Inc. on March 10 in New Orleans federal court of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Oil companies controlled erection of levees to hide polluted lands, class action claims

By Michelle Massey | Mar 25, 2010

Companies who manufacture petroleum, chemicals, gas and other products are accused of manipulating the Pontchartrain levee system in order to hide contaminated tracts of land north of the lake.

Family's sues over father's mesothelioma death

By Michelle Massey | Mar 27, 2010

More than 50 years after their father worked around asbestos products, the family of a deceased longshoreman is suing several New Orleans companies in a case that was removed from Orleans Parish to federal court.

Appeals Court will rehear hotel workers on labor law violations

By Michelle Massey | Mar 31, 2010

After a request for a rehearing, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to listen to arguments from a Latin American group of guest workers hired to maintain New Orleans hotels after Hurricane Katrina.

French Quarter power outage subject of new class action

By Alejandro de los Rios | Apr 6, 2010

Yacoubian A group of French Quarter businesses have filed a class action lawsuit against Entergy Enterprises Inc. over a day-long power outage that occurred in March 2009.

Metairie lawyer files class action over New Orleans' red light cameras

By Alejandro de los Rios | Apr 6, 2010

Metairie lawyer Joseph McMahon III filed a class action suit against New Orleans over the city's use of red light cameras that catch motorists breaking the law.

Shipyard workers file asbestos class action against Northrop Grumman

By Alejandro de los Rios | Apr 6, 2010

A group of shipyard workers have filed a class action lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Inc. after being exposed to asbestos fibers more than 40 years ago.

Woman files FMLA lawsuit against Odyssey House

By Michelle Massey | Apr 7, 2010

Hospitalized for more than a week due to pneumonia, an employee of the Odyssey House believes she was wrongfully terminated and that her termination violated the Family Medical Leave Act.

Mom sues after child injured on Chuck E Cheese ride

By Michelle Massey | Apr 8, 2010

A mother claiming her child suffered severe head and neck injuries on an amusement ride at Chuck E. Cheese in Metairie is suing CEC Entertainment, Inc.

Louisiana doctor sues casino for failing to help after throat was slashed

By Michelle Massey | Apr 8, 2010

A New Orleans doctor whose throat was slashed by an assailant at Harrah's New Orleans Casino claims she received no assistance from security personnel or casino employees after the attack, according to a lawsuit that was removed to federal court.

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