News from November 2011

Rig workers who pleaded the Fifth settle claims with Transocean

By Steve Korris | Nov 1, 2011

Miller Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean and five workers settled personal injury suits that the workers undercut by pleading Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination.

BP and Transocean want evidence of U.S. government's role introduced in oil spill litigation

By Steve Korris | Nov 1, 2011

Underhill NEW ORLEANS – Deepwater Horizon operator BP and rig owner Transocean, trading blame for last year's oil spill, aim to drag Uncle Sam into the dispute.

New Orleans Ritz Carlton sued after ceiling collapse

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 1, 2011

A New Orleans Ritz-Carlton hotel is being sued after the ceiling in a second floor hotel room collapsed on a worker and narrowly missed another worker.

Ohio deckhand files Jones Act lawsuit after rotator cuff injury

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 1, 2011

Delise An Ohio resident has filed a Jones Act lawsuit after he fell down a flight of stairs and injured his rotator cuff aboard the vessel M/V Frank Haendiges.

McDonald's, Domino's, and Church's Chicken sued over alleged lack of accessibility

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 1, 2011

A woman with spina bifida has filed a lawsuit against several New Orleans fast food restaurants on claims they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by being inaccessible or having significant architectural barriers for individuals with disabilities.

Feinberg urges BP to compensate companies for drilling moratorium

By Alejandro de los Rios | Nov 7, 2011

Feinberg Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Kenneth Feinberg urged BP this week to pay more than 1,500 claims from subcontractors affected by last year's five-month-long drilling moratorium.

Medical malpractice lawsuit filed after Intuitive Surgical robotic device malfunctioned

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

Glorioso Claiming a robotic surgical procedure failed during neck surgery, Jennifer Silvestrini filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical Inc. and/or Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc. and University Healthcare Systems, d/b/a Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.

Oil well worker claims company violated whistleblower act

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

An oil well worker claims he was unjustly fired for reporting that his company was allegedly committing environmental and safety violations that could have resulted in an oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Texaco sued for supplying benzene to Louisiana company over 35 years ago

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

Texaco is facing a federal lawsuit filed by Tangipahoa resident who claims he is suffering from multiple myeloma caused by exposure to benezene at a Louisiana company more than 35 years ago.

White pharmacy clerk claims racial discrimination

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

Williams A white pharmacy clerk has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming the company violated her civil rights by terminating her employment after she made complaints regarding race-based hostility.

Orleans Parish worker sues after allegedly being pushed down stairs by project manager

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

An Orleans Parish resident has filed a lawsuit against his employer after he suffered injuries when a project manager allegedly pushed him and he fell down stairs.

Worker claims employer violated ADA

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 7, 2011

A New Orleans worker who needed a year of medical leave for a tendon surgery has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was fired in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

BP directors object to conditions of suit transfer to England

By Steve Korris | Nov 8, 2011

Ellison HOUSTON - BP directors who won a court order sending shareholder suits to England have rejected conditions that shareholders wanted to impose before crossing the sea.

Boat owners claim BP owes more than $600 million already paid

By Steve Korris | Nov 8, 2011

Haycraft NEW ORLEANS – Boat owners who made $600 million cleaning the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion claim BP owes them much more.

Louisiana complies with discovery order in oil spill MDL

By Alejandro de los Rios | Nov 10, 2011

Caldwell The State of Louisiana has complied with a federal judge's order to turn over documents relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and will not face thousands of dollars in daily fines or dismissal of its claims.

$11 million awarded in oil royalties lawsuit, report says

By Alejandro de los Rios | Nov 10, 2011

St. Martin A Terrebonne Parish judge has awarded more than $11 million to a couple in an oil royalties lawsuit.

X-ray tech files Jones Act lawsuit after suffering back injuries

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 11, 2011

Gaidry An x-ray technician working in the Gulf of Mexico has filed a Jones Act lawsuit after he suffered back injuries when he was allegedly jerked violently in a suspended personnel basket.

Captain sues after suffering head injuries during life saving attempt

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 11, 2011

After suffering head injuries during an attempt to help crewmembers of a sinking vessel, a captain of another vessel has filed a lawsuit against the vessel's owner for allowing it to become unseaworthy.

Seaman sues employer over allegedly defective equipment

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 11, 2011

deGravelles After falling 20 feet from safety equipment, a seaman has filed a lawsuit against his employer for providing an allegedly defective lift harness.

Employee sues after receiving failing evaluations while out on medical leave

By Michelle Keahey | Nov 14, 2011

A Caucasian employee who received two failing evaluations while on medical leave has filed a lawsuit against his employer for alleged civil rights and other violations.

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