News from May 2019

Case activity for Mary Ann Leach vs Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company on May 6

By The Louisiana Record | May 8, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activities in the suit brought by Mary Ann Leach and Harold E. Newsome against Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company on May 6:

Legal watchdog's Venable foresees no winners - other than trial lawyers - in coastal erosion litigation

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

“It is disappointing that city leaders have decided to engage the City of New Orleans in the fray of coastal lawsuits targeting Louisiana’s job-creating energy industry,” Lana Venable, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said.

Court denies Louisiana Machinery's request to dismiss seaman's suit regarding fire on ship near Trinidad

By Takesha Thomas | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied a Reserve, Louisiana-based construction and heavy machinery supplier's request to dismiss a seaman's negligence case against it regarding a fire on a ship off the coast of Trinidad.

LFEI urges collaboration versus litigation on coastal erosion

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

The City of New Orleans has joined six other parishes alleging that energy companies are to blame for the state's coastal erosion. According to The Advocate, a lawsuit was filed in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

Alabama attorney reinstated and indefinitely suspended in Louisiana following Supreme Court order

By Karen Kidd | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Alabama attorney Evelyn Shahan Adams has been reinstated and indefinitely suspended on an interim basis following a May 1 Louisiana Supreme Court order.

Court rules on lawsuit involving man who picked up wet electrical cord

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – On April 23, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted in part and denied in part Alliance Offshore, LLC and Alliance Liftboats, LLC’s motion for partial summary judgment in a personal injury lawsuit against them.

Federal court grants attorneys' fees and costs after FLSA settlement

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A joint motion for Approval of Attorney’s Fees and Costs was green-lighted for a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana April 22.

Hospital granted summary judgment in discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A U.S. District Court ruled a deaf woman was not able to prove that the discrimination she claimed in her lawsuit was intentional when it granted the defendant a motion for summary judgment on April 22.

Federal judge sends whistleblower case back to civil court

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Judge Lance M. Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana remanded a whistleblower case back to state court on April 22.

New auto insurance bill earns praise from LLAW

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

The Louisiana House of Representatives recently approved a bill aimed at lowering auto insurance rates, in the state known for some of the highest rates in the nation.

Environmental group seeking to complicate oil transport in controversial pipeline, LMOGA responds

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

In early 2019, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline was the subject of a great deal of controversy as an energy company sought to attain use of private land in order to complete a 163-mile-long pipeline which would bring oil from Texas to Vacherie; now, opponents of the pipeline are seeking to put a hold on the pipeline’s operations.

LFEI on approval of auto insurance bill and their hopes for lower rates

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

The Louisiana House of Representatives recently approved a bill which many business interest groups hope will bring lower auto insurance rates to the Pelican State.

Pelican Institute on their plan for regulatory reform in Louisiana

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

On April 30, the Pelican Institute published a paper suggesting solutions for Louisiana to rid itself of its classification of a “legal swampland,” through a plan for regulatory reform as well as legal reform.

Court denies insurance broker's request to have case dismissed

By Takesha Thomas | May 9, 2019

Judge finds that the homeowner's can amend their claim against Bowles & Associates

BP is denied discretionary review in appeal of Deepwater Horizon settlement

By Charmaine Little | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – In one of the remaining ongoing litigations from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed a ruling concerning costs in a settlement agreement that BP appealed.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch supports judge's dismissal of Denka lawsuit

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Judge Martin Feldman has dismissed a lawsuit petitioning for class-action status, claiming that the allegations were unclear and therefore not worthy of being advanced.

Business and industry leaders fear erosion lawsuits will 'chase the golden goose away'

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

The City of New Orleans is joining six parishes in a lawsuit alleging that the oil and gas industries are to blame for the coastal erosion that is eating away at the state’s coastline.

Suing oil and gas companies could deter investment in New Orleans festivals

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2019

As the City of New Orleans levies lawsuits against the oil and gas companies it says are responsible for the state's coastal erosion, multiple industry groups are speaking out about the negative implications of going to war with such massive economic players.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Actions Taken on May 2

By The Louisiana Record | May 10, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activity on May 2 in the suits below:

Case activity for Barrett Beach Bungalows vs BP Exploration & Production, Inc. on May 8

By The Louisiana Record | May 10, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana reported the following activities in the suit brought by Barrett Beach Bungalows and Kylin Vaughn Stees against BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and John L Crain on May 8:

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