News from January 2011

Gulf Coast Claims Facility hires lawyers to help with BP oil spill claims

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 3, 2011

Feinberg Ken Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), announced last week that several law firms have been hired to staff claims offices in the Gulf Coast.

Passenger sues Delta after falling out of seat in boarding area

By Michelle Massey | Jan 3, 2011

Jackson A New Orleans resident is suing Delta Air Lines after he fell out of a seat in a boarding area.

Feinberg hires legal ethics professor in response to plaintiff lawyer criticism

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 3, 2011

Ken Feinberg, administrator of the $20 billion Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), said he's hired a legal ethics professor to clarify that he is not working for BP, according to an Associated Press report.

Dirt Devil caused fire, suit claims

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

The manufacturer of an allegedly defective Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner is being sued after a fire caused significant property damage at two homes.

Winn Dixie customer slips, falls and sues store for failing to properly mop the floor

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

Winn Dixie is being sued for allegedly failing to properly clean its floors after a customer slipped and fell while an employee was mopping the floor.

Union Pacific sues truck driver for causing train derailment

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

Howard Union Pacific is suing a truck driver for failing to yield at a truck crossing and for causing a collision and derailment of its train.

Louisiana DOT employees claim sexual harassment, retaliation

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

Two Louisiana Department of Transportation employees have filed a lawsuit claiming they were subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting the harassment.

NO Port Board of Commissioners sued over racial discrimination claims

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

Claiming racial discrimination and retaliation, Frederick H. Brown filed suit against his employer Board of Commissioners, Port of New Orleans on Dec. 16 in federal court in New Orleans.

Beasley Allen firm sued by potential Yaz client for allegedly providing misleading information

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

Beasley An Alabama law firm is being sued by a client who claims the firm conveyed improper and misleading information regarding her case.

Employee sues Conoco Phillips after stepping in uncovered hole

By Michelle Massey | Jan 4, 2011

A security agent is suing her employer Conoco Phillips after she stepped in an uncovered hole and was injured.

Barbier orders BP employees be deposed in New Orleans

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 4, 2011

Barbier Judge Carl Barbier has ordered that BP employees be deposed in New Orleans, according to an order signed on Monday in U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Class certification hearing set in suit over traffic cameras

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 4, 2011

Orleans Parish Judge Rosemary Ledet will hear arguments Jan. 14 from plaintiff and defense attorneys as to whether to certify a class in a suit against New Orleans traffic cameras.

New Orleans firm paid improperly from bridge tolls

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 5, 2011

LeBas Louisiana Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas said that nearly $60,000 in tolls from the Crescent City Connection (CCC) bridge were improperly used to pay New Orleans law firm Pickering & Cotogno for work on the Louisiana 1 toll bridge in Leeville.

Trial against OPSB continued until May

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 6, 2011

A jury trial pitting former employees of the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) against the school board in Orleans Parish Civil District Court has been continued until May because of an undisclosed attorney conflict.

Mardi Gras float trial continued without date

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 6, 2011

Futrell A trial involving an accident and subsequent injuries on a Mardi Gras float has been continued without date after the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and an unidentified insurance company were added as defendants.

Orleans Parish tech chief no longer at post after computer crash

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 6, 2011

The Orleans Parish Civil District Court's technology chief for the past four years is no longer in her post after a computer crash wiped out thousands of real estate records.

Judge will hear motions in liability case against New Orleans Aquarium

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 7, 2011

Upton Orleans Parish Judge Piper Griffin will hear three defense motions in a liability suit involving an elevator accident at the Aquarium of the Americas.

Class action filed against Domino's over text ads

By Michelle Massey | Jan 7, 2011

Wolff A recently filed class action lawsuit claims that Domino's Pizza has violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by its marketing and advertising campaigns that used text messages.

Barbier orders documents preserved in BP MDL

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 10, 2011

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued a pre-trial order governing the United States' preservation of documents in Gulf oil spill multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Patient sues over sponge left in abdomen

By Michelle Massey | Jan 10, 2011

Warshauer A New Orleans medical clinic is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit after a patient discovered a surgical sponge was left in his abdomen following a surgical procedure for rectal cancer.

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