News from March 2011

Plaintiffs reassure state governments and municipalities of their sovereignty in BP MDL

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 1, 2011

Strange Speaking at a Feb. 25 status conference for the multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding the BP oil spill, plaintiff attorneys sought to reassure states and municipalities of their sovereignty when it comes to filing claims.

USPS sued over carrier's collision with motorist

By Michelle Massey | Mar 1, 2011

An Orleans Parish resident is suing the U.S. Postal Service after his vehicle was struck by a postal vehicle which allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign.

Feinberg says 100,000 claims lack proof

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 1, 2011

Feinberg Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Kenneth Feinberg told a group of foreign journalists yesterday that close to 100,000 claims submitted as a result of the BP oil spill "lack proof."

Barbier denies Becnel's pro-GCCF motion

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 1, 2011

Becnel U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Louisiana attorney Danny Becnel which challenged the court's authority over Ken Feinberg and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).

Motrin maker sued over inadequate warnings of rare side effect

By Michelle Massey | Mar 2, 2011

Salim A Texas woman is suing the manufacturers of Motrin after her daughter suffered a rare side effect of the drug and was hospitalized for over a month.

Rigger sues for $3.5 million after suffering brain injury

By Michelle Massey | Mar 2, 2011

A rigger is suing his employer for more than $3.5 million after suffering a severe brain and spinal injury.

GCCF report shows few have accepted final claims

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 2, 2011

Feinberg Program statistics for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) show that less than 10 percent of individuals and businesses offered a final payment have accepted, leaving close to a total of $70 million on the table.

Doctor suing Straight Flush plumbing company over uncompleted work

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 2, 2011

Dileo A New Orleans doctor is suing a plumbing company in Orleans Parish Civil District Court after he allegedly advanced the plumbers money for work that was not completed.

Winn-Dixie customer sues after slip and fall

By Michelle Massey | Mar 3, 2011

A Winn-Dixie customer is suing a Hammond store after she slipped in water and fell, sustaining a fracture to her wrist.

Jindal to spend $12 million on oyster restoration, bill BP later

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 3, 2011

Jindal Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday that his state will spend an estimated $12 million restoring oyster beds and wetlands damaged by the BP oil spill, and then bill the oil company later for the cost.

Louisiana legislature to examine GCCF

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 3, 2011

Leger III Louisiana state House and Senate leadership announced that a special committee has been assigned to oversee the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) and its claims process.

GSK sued over Avandia

By Michelle Massey | Mar 4, 2011

GlaxoSmithKline is facing another federal lawsuit for allegedly failing to warn of the risks associated with its diabetes drug Avandia.

Construction companies agree to pay $110,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuit

By Michelle Massey | Mar 4, 2011

Four national construction companies have agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a former employee of the Conoco Phillips facility in Belle Chasse for $110,000.

LSU nursing student sues over hazing incident involving instructor

By Michelle Massey | Mar 4, 2011

A nurse anesthetist student has filed a federal lawsuit against Louisiana State University for allegedly allowing hazing of students.

State and local governments claim economic hardship over Obama's drilling moratorium

By Steve Korris | Mar 4, 2011

Strange NEW ORLEANS – States and local governments blaming oil company BP for damage from the Deepwater Horizon explosion now blame BP for damage from the drilling moratorium President Obama imposed after the explosion.

Disabled vet sues Entergy claiming rates are discriminatory

By Michelle Massey | Mar 7, 2011

A Louisiana energy company is accused of discriminating against retired, older, disabled and lower-income residents by arbitrarily raising rates and fees in order to drive the residents out of New Orleans.

Bowler dislocates elbow after falling on sticky approach lane, suit says

By Michelle Massey | Mar 7, 2011

Sutton A bowling alley patron has filed a lawsuit against the bowling alley after she slipped in a sticky substance and fell, breaking her elbow. Denise Timmerman and Pierre Timmerman filed suit against AMF Bowling Centers Inc. d/b/a AMF All Star Lanes and ABC Insurance Co. on Jan. 6 in Jefferson Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans on Feb. 21.

Woman awarded damages in suit against debt collector

By Michelle Massey | Mar 7, 2011

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal court judge has awarded a Louisiana woman a $1,500 default judgment in her Fair Debt Collection Practices suit against a New York collections agency.

What Reagan really said about tort reform

By Andrew Cochran | Mar 7, 2011

Cochran During the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, we read many tributes to him and re-read many of his greatest speeches.

Louisiana civil codes 'exacerbate' New Orleans' dysfunction, according to report

By Alejandro de los Rios | Mar 7, 2011

Landrieu A specialist hired by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Louisiana's civil laws make bureaucratic dysfunction worse and has led to a "shocking" situation in City Hall.

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