News from June 2019

LMOGA remains committed to advocating for collaboration, not litigation

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 1, 2019

In the midst of the coastal lawsuits that have been filed against the oil and gas industry, groups that support these industries are beginning to speak out against what they believe to be unfair targeting of a single industry.

Judge rules on motions to exclude evidence accumulated in lawsuit over alleged auto accident

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued multiple decisions regarding motions to exclude evidence collected in the discovery period of a lawsuit arising from a motor vehicle accident in April 2017.

Free enterprise advocates say Louisianans are paying attention to auto insurance tort reform

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 1, 2019

In a push to bring much-needed insurance reform to Louisiana, state Rep. Kirk Talbot is sponsoring House Bill 372, which would bring numerous changes to how courts handle car accident cases and presumably lower auto insurance rates.

District judge recalls previously dismissed defendant in offshore drilling injury lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A U.S. District Court judge has granted defendant Spartan Offshore Drilling's motion to recall a third-party defendant, Gordon Reed, regarding a workplace injury lawsuit.

Case activity for VSE Corporation vs Harold Koretzky on May 30

By The Louisiana Record | Jun 1, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activities in the suit brought by VSE Corporation against Harold Koretzky and Carver on May 30:

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Actions Taken on May 24

By The Louisiana Record | Jun 1, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activity on May 24 in the suits below:

May 24: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana docket for motor vehicle cases

By The Louisiana Record | Jun 1, 2019

The following cases categorized as "motor vehicle" cases were on the docket in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on May 24. All case details are allegations only and should not be taken as fact:

Court activity on May 30: Catherine Laird McIver vs Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange

By The Louisiana Record | Jun 1, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activity in the suit brought by Catherine Laird McIver against Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange and Mary Cordell on May 30: 'Complaint With Jury Demand Against All Defendants (filing Fee $ 400 Receipt Number 053l-7676771) Filed By Catherine Laird Mciver. (attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)attorney Rober

Pelican Institute is encouraged by potential impact of HB 372

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 1, 2019

In a push to bring much-needed reform to Louisiana, state Rep. Kirk Talbot is sponsoring House Bill 372, which will change how courts handle car accident cases in an effort to subsequently lower auto insurance rates.

District court judge throws out wrongful death lawsuit levied against the federal government

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Respondin​​​​​g to a motion submitted by the U.S. government to dismiss both an expert's testimony and a lawsuit regarding a purported wrongful death and multiple claims of the Federal Tort Claims Act, a judge within the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana granted each motion, thus ending the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs offered 30 days to file proof of service in car accident lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Responding to a motion submitted by an insurance company is facing a lawsuit from multiple plaintiffs regarding a car accident, a judge representing the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has given 30 days to file proof of service.

Judge sustains insurance company’s counterclaim of staged accident in response to $1 million lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – In a key development in a lawsuit in which three plaintiffs sued the Canal Insurance Co. for negligence regarding a purported motor vehicle accident between a semi-truck and the plaintiffs’ passenger vehicle, a U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana judge has denied the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss the insurance company’s counterclaim.

Judge awards attorneys' fees to Delta Air Lines after lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – On May 8, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana awarded Delta Air Lines $1,260 in attorneys’ fees after facing a lawsuit.

Court denies motion to dismiss in trademark infringement lawsuit involving RooR trademarks

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – An ongoing trademark lawsuit resulted in a group of defendants' motion to dismiss getting denied on May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Court awards injured seaman more than $170,000 in negligence suit

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – After suffering injuries from an alleged accident, a seaman was awarded nearly $200,000 on May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana through litigation against his former employer, marine transport company Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.

Appeals court upholds ruling that fees are reimbursable in lawsuit over no-money-down bankruptcy filings

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A bankruptcy court made the right decision when it said that “no-look fees” were not reimbursable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit determined on May 13.

Motion for summary judgment in injury lawsuit against Illinois Central Railroad Co. dismissed

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed a motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability against the Illinois Central Railroad Co.

Judge dismisses majority of patient's defective product claims against medical products manufacturers

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed the majority of complaints from a plaintiff regarding alleged defective products administered by Covidien LP and Medtronic, expect for his “construction or composition defect claim.”

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch executive director says gubernatorial candidates must address tort reform

By Carrie Bradon | Jun 2, 2019

As Louisiana’s oil and gas industry deals with a number lawsuits condemning its operations, candidates for governor are seizing every opportunity they have to share their opinions on the condition of business in the state and what changes they want to bring.

Case activity for Donna Harrison vs Sandoz Inc. on May 31

By The Louisiana Record | Jun 2, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activities in the suit brought by Donna Harrison and Harold E. Newsome against Sandoz Inc. on May 31:

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