News from June 2010

Lawsuit claims personal trainer responsible for client's injuries

By Michelle Massey | Jun 1, 2010

A New Orleans resident blames her personal trainer for injuries she says she suffered as a result of a weight-training program.

Three seaman sue vessel after receiving back injuries

By Michelle Massey | Jun 1, 2010

Three seamen have filed separate Jones Act lawsuits after allegedly suffering back injuries while working on a vessel owned by Omega Protein.

Metairie couple blames fire on faulty space heater

By Michelle Massey | Jun 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS-A Jefferson Parish couple claims a newly purchased ceramic space heater caused a fire in their home.

Diver sues vessel after decompression sickness

By Michelle Massey | Jun 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS-A commercial diver has filed a Jones Act lawsuit against his employer after he sustained a decompression injury.

Woman slips at Winn-Dixie, sues store

By Michelle Massey | Jun 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS-While shopping at the Winn-Dixie on Pontchartrain Boulevard in Slidell, Myrtle Terrell claims she slipped on a wet substance and did a split backwards into a wall, causing serious injuries.

Class action alleges Capital One rearranges transactions to charge more overdraft fees

By Michelle Massey | Jun 2, 2010

Kanner NEW ORLEANS-A recently filed class action accuses Capital One of unfair and unconscionable acts in order to collect excessive overdraft fees.

Company failed to supervise space walk, suit claims

By Michelle Massey | Jun 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS-While browsing the manufactured homes at Clayton Homes in Houma, Gloria Miles let her son play in the space walk and expected the company to supervise him and the other children that were playing.

Judge takes evidence under advisement before liability case ruling

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jun 7, 2010

Dalia Judge Robin Giarusso is taking evidence from both sides in a liability suit against the Omni Royal Hotel before pronouncing judgment in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Couple claims space heater caused home fire

By Michelle Massey | Jun 8, 2010

A Jefferson Parish couple claims a newly purchased ceramic space heater caused a fire in their home.

Buyer says defective floor model GE gas range exploded

By Michelle Massey | Jun 8, 2010

A Houma man claims a defective range caused an explosion in his home.

Slidell homeowner seeks more payment on Gustav claim

By Michelle Massey | Jun 8, 2010

A Slidell property owner is suing his insurance provider for failing to pay claims filed after Hurricane Gustav.

Disabled Kenner woman sues over inadequate access to polling places

By Michelle Massey | Jun 8, 2010

A disabled Kenner resident hopes a suit filed against Jefferson Parish will mean better handicap access at polling places throughout the Parish.

BP battle at center of contingency fee debate

By Aricka Flowers | Jun 8, 2010

Chaisson The ongoing BP oil leak has sparked debate around the state's ability to defend itself in litigation with corporations.

Rigger slips on grease buildup on pilings

By Michelle Massey | Jun 9, 2010

A former employee is suing Premier Industries, accusing the company of failing to recognize dangerous working conditions on an ocean barge.

Boat owner claims repair shop left rag in engine

By Michelle Massey | Jun 9, 2010

A yacht owner has is suing a repair shop he says is to blame for damage to his yacht.

Orleans Parish judges attending summer school in Destin

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jun 9, 2010

A photo from Sandestin Resort's Web site As part of an annual gathering, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Judicial College are hosting a joint summer school and annual meeting from June 7 to June 11 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.

Louisiana Senate contingency fee bill heads to the House

By Aricka Flowers | Jun 9, 2010

Chaisson With a 21-16 vote, the Louisiana Senate passed a controversial bill that would allow the state's attorney general to hire outside counsel via contingency contracts. Yesterday, the bill was read in the House and referred to the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

Rule hearing set in class action against Dept. of Social Services

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jun 10, 2010

Stanley A rule hearing for a class action suit against the Louisiana Department of Social Services (LDSS) is set for June 18 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Tort reform advocates praise new Georgia law, but some doubt effect in Louisiana

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jun 10, 2010

Rickard The executive director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch called the passing of aGeorgia tort reform law a "no brainer" and said the state is leading the way in curbing frivolous lawsuits.

Mother alleges anti-nausea drug caused birth defects

By Michelle Massey | Jun 10, 2010

A mother is suing the manufacturer of the anti-nausea drug Reglan, claiming the medication caused birth defects in her child.

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