News from August 2011

Workers sue oil spill cleanup contractors claiming they were under paid

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

Derbes Fifteen employees of DRC Emergency Services and DRC Marine have filed a lawsuit against the companies claiming they were not paid the hourly wages they were promised.

Bogalusa lawyer sues city over unapproved change of street name to 'Bob Hicks'

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

A Bogalusa lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights and the civil rights of other residents were violated when the city changed the street name of East Ninth Street to the Robert "Bob" Hicks Street.

Seaman sues company after suffering head injury due to co-worker's alleged actions

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

Gordon A New Orleans marine company is being sued by an employee who suffered a head injury allegedly due to a co-worker's actions.

Boat collision during oil spill clean-up leads to lawsuit

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

After suffering back injuries during a boat collision, an oil spill worker has filed a personal injury lawsuit that claims the boat owners failed to provide competent boat operators.

Deckhand sues after being struck by broken equipment

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

A deckhand aboard a fishing vessel has filed a lawsuit after he was struck by broken equipment.

Seaman files slip and fall lawsuit against barge owner

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 1, 2011

After slipping and falling on the deck of a barge, a seaman, who was helping with the Gulf oil spill cleanup efforts, is suing the barge owner for failing to provide a safe place to work.

BP stock up 60 percent; Company responds to employee class action

By Steve Korris | Aug 2, 2011

Taylor HOUSTON – While BP employees complain that the company's disregard for safety drove down the value of their stock plans, they watch their stock plans grow.

Louisiana GCCF payments being seized for child support

By Alejandro de los Rios | Aug 2, 2011

Nearly $5.5 million in Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) payments in Louisiana have been seized by the state of Louisiana to cover unpaid child support payments, the state Department of Family and Child Services announced.

Seaman files slip and fall lawsuit against barge owner

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 3, 2011

After slipping and falling on the deck of a barge, a seaman, who was helping with the oil spill cleanup efforts, has filed a lawsuit against the barge owner for failing to provide a safe place to work.

Recovery School District employee files disability discrimination

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 3, 2011

An employee of the Recovery School District has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit claiming that she was fired because she was undergoing medical treatment for job-related injuries.

Debt collection agency sued for threatening Houma woman with lawsuit

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 3, 2011

A New York debt collection agency is being sued for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening to sue a Houma woman when it did not intend to do so.

Employer sued for not training employee on how to lift heavy objects

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 4, 2011

After injuring his back, a Jefferson Parish resident is suing his employer for not properly training him on how to lift heavy objects.

Railroad worker sues employer after tripping in rail yard and injuring knee

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 4, 2011

Arata A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he tripped in the rail yard and injured his knee.

Senate bill to divert 80 percent of BP funds to Gulf Coast restoration up for vote

By Alejandro de los Rios | Aug 5, 2011

Vitter Legislation that would divert the majority of federal fines levied against BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Gulf Coast restoration is up for a vote in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

First Circuit rules in favor of homebuilder, establishing limits on Chinese drywall claims

By Alejandro de los Rios | Aug 5, 2011

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Louisiana New Home Warranty Act establishes a one-year limitation for Chinese drywall claims from new homes.

Union Pacific worker sues after tripping in rail yard

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 6, 2011

A railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he tripped in the rail yard and injured his knee.

Two seats up for grabs in Orleans Parish Civil District Court

By Alejandro de los Rios | Aug 10, 2011

Hazeur Two seats in Orleans Parish Civil District Court are up for grabs in elections that will be held on Oct 22.

PlayStation class action accuses Sony of knowing customers' data was at risk

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 11, 2011

A class action against Sony over a data breach of its PlayStation Network accuses the company of knowing its customers' data and personal information was at risk for theft and the company did nothing to protect it, including failing to put up a firewall.

Barbier considers appointment of BOP supervisor

By Alejandro de los Rios | Aug 12, 2011

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has signed an order outlying provision for the possible appointment of a Master for Supervision of Custody of the failed blowout preventer (BOP) which led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Refinery worker claims exposure to benzene led to development of leukemia

By Michelle Keahey | Aug 12, 2011

A former Alliance Refinery worker has filed a lawsuit that claims he was exposed to toxic levels of benzene while employed at the refinery and as a result he developed leukemia.

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