News from 2011

Worker dispatched to Afghanistan claims he was terminated for taking Prozac

By Michelle Massey | Jan 25, 2011

A Tangipahoa resident who worked in Afghanistan for a private company claims he was terminated from employment at AECOM Inc. for taking the anti-depressant medication Prozac.

Museum worker claims she was terminated for having six-pack of soda

By Michelle Massey | Jan 25, 2011

A group of New Orleans museums is being sued on gender discrimination claims.

Union Pacific sued over drainage ditch problems

By Michelle Massey | Jan 25, 2011

Waggaman property owners have filed a lawsuit against Union Pacific seeking repair to its storm water drainage facilities underneath the railroad's track.

Aramark cashier claims she lost job after telling coworkers to report harassment

By Michelle Massey | Jan 25, 2011

A cashier working at Southeastern Louisiana University has filed a lawsuit claiming she was terminated for complaining about her supervisor's alleged inappropriate conduct with other female employees.

Whistleblower sues Goodyear after losing job

By Michelle Massey | Jan 25, 2011

A former Goodyear Tire & Rubber service manager has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting fraud and illegal behavior that involved technicians billing customers for work not performed.

Four depositions taken in BP MDL

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 26, 2011

Barbier Four depositions have been completed relating to the BP multidistrict litigation (MDL) over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, with eight more scheduled for February, according to a status report filed by defense counsel.

Defense exception denied in lawsuit against Entergy

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 26, 2011

Frischhertz Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Herbert Cade denied a defense motion of exception for prescription in a suit filed against Entergy over a blown transformer that allegedly damaged a nearby Laundromat.

BP attorneys oppose plaintiffs' complaints involving Feinberg

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 26, 2011

Haycraft Attorneys for BP have filed a motion in opposition to a recent plaintiff filing asking that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier supervise communications between defendants and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) in the Gulf oil spill litigation.

75-year-old professor claims discrimination in suit against University of New Orleans

By Michelle Massey | Jan 27, 2011

A University of New Orleans adjunct assistant professor has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit aafter he was not rehired due to budget cuts.

Oil rig worker seeks $950K after slip on anti-freeze

By Michelle Massey | Jan 27, 2011

Sunseri An oil rig worker has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $950,000 after he slipped in anti-freeze and was injured.

Occidental Chemical sues transformer manufacturer after fire

By Michelle Massey | Jan 27, 2011

Friend A Louisiana chemical company has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a transformer after it ruptured and started a fire.

Feinberg says payments for final and interim claims to begin Feb. 18

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 27, 2011

Feinberg Speaking before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on Jan. 27, oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg announced that payments for final and interim claims would begin around Feb. 18.

Three attorneys drop out of 'Who Dat' litigation

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 27, 2011

Barbier Three attorneys working for the plaintiff in a suit over the rights to the term "Who Dat" have withdrawn as counsel of record, according to filings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Lucky Dollar player sues after falling from chair

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 28, 2011

A Lafayette woman is suing the Lucky Dollar Casino and Madison Auto Truck Plaza in New Orleans after she fell from a chair, according to a suit filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Private security firm claims Warwick Hotel owes $60k for services

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 28, 2011

Blackhawk Protection Services is suing the owners of the Warwick Hotel in New Orleans for allegedly failing to pay for more than $60,000 in services, according to petition filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Barbier says no to separating state and federal government claims from private suits

By Steve Korris | Jan 28, 2011

Caldwell U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected pleas from the federal government and 15 states to separate their suits over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill from private civil suits.

Barbier clarifies pre-trial order coordinating government claims

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 31, 2011

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier clarified a pre-trial order meant to coordinate state and federal government counsel during a status conference for the BP multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

DOJ says BOP and cement testing still under way

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 31, 2011

Justice Department attorney Michael Underhill said that a forensic report on the failed blowout preventor (BOP) which led to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be finished in March.

Barbier expected to rule on Feinberg and GCCF this week

By Alejandro de los Rios | Jan 31, 2011

Feinberg U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said he will likely render a ruling on a plaintiff motion to monitor ex parte communications between BP and oil spill claims administrator Ken Feinberg this week.

ADM sued by deckhand claiming captain was intoxicated or impaired

By Michelle Massey | Jan 31, 2011

Steele A deckhand has filed a lawsuit against his employer after the vessel he was working aboard collided with a barge, causing him to be thrown overboard.

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