News from November 2018

Class action against Denka Performance Elastomer returns to state court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 5, 2018

On Oct. 15, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a class action’s motion to remand the case back to state court but denied the class’ request for attorney’s fees and legal costs associated with a previous removal.

Jails owe inmates 'special duty of care,' attorney says regarding negligence suit against Assumption Parish

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 5, 2018

A lawsuit filed by the mother of a man who died in the Assumption Parish Detention Center in February alleges the sheriff's staff neglected to give her son, Edward Murphy, his heart medication.

Attorney receives deferred suspension following misconduct allegations

By Karen Kidd | Nov 5, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – George Martin Gates IV, a Greenbelt, Maryland, attorney, recently received a fully deferred suspension following an Oct. 29 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over multiple allegations of misconduct.

Suits regarding accidents at truck stop may be case of 'jackpot justice,' Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 5, 2018

After a series of lawsuits regarding accidents at a Gentilly truck stop, some lawyers are raising questions about the lawsuits, especially given the fact that commercial truck drivers, who are alleged to the be parties at fault in the accidents, are required to carry a $1 million insurance policy.

TAYLOR PORTER BROOKS & PHILLIPS LLP: Taylor Porter’s Best Lawyers Honorees Listed in Baton Rouge Business Report Special Section

By Press release submission | Nov 5, 2018

The 2019 Best Lawyers in America listing of Baton Rouge’s honored attorneys was featured In this week’s Baton Rouge Business Report.

LADB recommends extended disbarment for New Orleans attorney

By Karen Kidd | Nov 6, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Disbarred New Orleans attorney Greta L. Wilson faces a possible extended disbarment period following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court over misconduct in a single client matter.

LADB recommends suspension for Baton Rouge attorney who allegedly converted funds

By Karen Kidd | Nov 6, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Baton Rouge attorney Doris McWhite Weston faces possible suspension following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation to the state Supreme Court after she allegedly converted funds owed to a third party.

Midland Funding sues for more than $2,000 in past due bill

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 6, 2018

GRETNA – Midland Funding LLC filed a complaint on Oct. 29 in the 24th Judicial District Court against Kenyon Leonard.

LUGENBUHL WHEATON PECK RANKING & HUBBARD: Eleven Lugenbuhl Practices Ranked by Best Law Firms

By Press release submission | Nov 6, 2018

Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard announces that 11 of its practices have been recognized in the 2019 Best Law Firms rankings by Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest peer-review guide to the legal profession worldwide and a highly respected industry publication.

TAYLOR PORTER BROOKS & PHILLIPS LLP: Twenty-Four Taylor Porter Practice Areas Ranked on 2019 “Best Law Firms” List

By Press release submission | Nov 6, 2018

Taylor Porter had 24 practice areas ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, in the Ninth Annual “Best Law Firms” rankings.

DEUTSH KERRIGAN LLP: Deutsch Kerrigan Listed In “Best Law Firms” 2019 Rankings

By Press release submission | Nov 6, 2018

Deutsch Kerrigan LLP issued the following announcement on Nov. 1.Deutsch Kerrigan LLP is proud to announce it's inclusion in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.

Leukemia patient's negligence case is remanded to civil district court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 6, 2018

Judge Barry W. Ashe of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a man’s motion to remand a toxic tort case on Oct. 17.

Teacher sues Opportunities Academy over alleged sexual assault by student

By Takesha Thomas | Nov 6, 2018

A charter school teacher is suing the charter school network that operates one of the schools over an alleged sexual assault by a student.

Suspended DeRidder attorney facing permanent disbarment for professional conduct violations

By Karen Kidd | Nov 6, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Suspended DeRidder attorney Mitchel M. Evans II faces permanent disbarment for violating professional conduct rules following a recommendation issued Oct. 30 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Truck stop lawsuits may hint at a crisis in the commercial auto insurance market, LABI says

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 6, 2018

A number of lawsuits have been filed for traffic accidents that allegedly took place at a Gentilly truck stop, leading some lawyers to become suspicious about the suits and raising the possibility that Louisiana residents, who already pay some of the highest auto insurance premiums in the country, may be made to pay even more, a posting on wdsu.com said.

State's high court upholds dismissal of ethics charges against prosecutor in wrongful murder conviction

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – The Louisiana Supreme Court recently upheld a decision to dismiss ethics charges against former Jefferson Parish prosecutor Ken John Dohre in the wrongful conviction of an Avondale man who then spent more than 15 years in prison before he was exonerated in the 1996 stabbing death of Waggaman woman.

Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense sees likelihood of questionable lawsuits fueling rise in insurance rates

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 7, 2018

Recent lawsuits filed against truck drivers regarding incidents that allegedly occurred at the same Gentilly truck stop are raising questions about the legitimacy of the lawsuits and eliciting comments from several groups and organizations, including the Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense.

Mandeville attorney on probation, Baton Rouge attorney indefinitely suspended in separate Supreme Court actions

By Karen Kidd | Nov 7, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Mandeville attorney Linda Louise Stadler received a fully deferred suspension and Baton Rouge attorney Durward D. Casteel was voluntarily and indefinitely suspended in separate Nov. 5 actions by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Man claims Ready Power improperly installed a generator

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 8, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A man is seeking damages for an allegedly incorrectly installed generator.

Chase Bank is seeking over $139,000

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 8, 2018

GRETNA – A bank is seeking over $139,000 in sums due.

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