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Split Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board recommends disbarment for former Assistant U.S. Attorney

By Karen Kidd | Jul 18, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — Harahan attorney and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Salvador Perricone faces possible disbarment following a split July 17 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) recommendation regarding allegedly inappropriate anonymous postings made over a five-year period on a local newspaper's website.

Louisiana watchdog group says more claims will follow Johnson & Johnson talc powder case

By Takesha Thomas | Jul 17, 2018

In the wake of the recent $4.69 billion court ruling against Johnson & Johnson over dozens of women claiming to have developed ovarian cancer after years of using the company's talcum powder products, a Louisiana watchdog group says similar cases will likely arise in the future.

Bonding company accuses Sun Industries of breach of contract regarding road project in Ascension Parish

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 17, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Sun Industries LLC based in West Baton Rouge Parish was named in a federal lawsuit recently filed by a bonding company accusing Sun Industries of breach of contract involving a Louisiana Department of Transportation intersection improvement project in Ascension Parish.

Voluntarily disqualified Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge faces sexual harassment lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Jul 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Byron C. Williams, who has been under investigation for almost a year on sexual harassment allegations and who recently agreed to an interim suspension, now faces a lawsuit filed by court clerk who claims the judge harassed her, according to news reports.

Black farmers from the Mid-South allege bogus soybean sale in federal court

By Angela Underwood | Jul 17, 2018

A group of black farmers from Louisiana and the Mid-South are taking on the largest genetic seed trait manufacturer in the world.

U.S. Court of Appeals upholds ruling for State Department in passport dispute

By Charmaine Little | Jul 17, 2018

On May 8, two women who were denied and revoked passports couldn’t prove to an appeals court they were entitled to certain relief.

5th Circuit Court upholds denial of damages to family of deceased oilfield worker

By Sandra Lane | Jul 17, 2018

Family missed the filing deadline of one year, saying they didn’t discover the possible cause of death for four years.

1st Circuit Court of Appeal affirms majority of decision on zoning violation

By Sandra Lane | Jul 17, 2018

Peremptory exception is denied, unfair trade practice is reversed

Appeals court upholds damages awarded in Iberia Parish chemical plant explosion

By Sandra Lane | Jul 16, 2018

LAKE CHARLES – Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal recently upheld a ruling by the 16th Judicial District Court in Iberia Parish concerning damages related to a chemical fire in Iberia Parish on June 14, 2011.

Suit claims Stine Seed sold African-American Louisiana farmers sullied soybean seeds

By Angela Underwood | Jul 16, 2018

African-American farmers in Louisiana have faced discrimination for far too long and it ends now, according to Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA).

LADB hearing committee recommends charges against Lafayette attorney be dismissed

By Karen Kidd | Jul 14, 2018

Professional conduct rule violation charges against Lafayette attorney David Patrick Keating should be dismissed, according to a recommendation issued July 10 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee.

Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense director: Talc verdict indicative of St. Louis' 'judicial hellhole' standing

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 13, 2018

Jim Harris thinks the nearly $5 billion plaintiff award in the latest Johnson & Johnson asbestos trial says more about the jurisdiction where the verdict was rendered than it does about the strength of the evidence presented by the plaintiffs.

Harrah’s New Orleans sued for allegedly assaulting two gamblers who said they were card counting

By Elizabeth Alt | Jul 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A federal lawsuit recently was filed by two men who claim they were playing blackjack at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino when casino workers and employees of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office allegedly assaulted and illegally detained the two after claiming they were card counting.

Appeals court remands Shreveport firefighter's dismissal back to district court

By Sandra Lane | Jul 12, 2018

SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal recently reversed the decision of the First Judicial District Court for Caddo Parish concerning the dismissal of a Shreveport firefighter who lost his job after being accused of knowledge of improper conduct but failing to report it.

New executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch vows to make a difference

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 12, 2018

Lana Sonnier Venable wants to raise awareness about lawsuit abuse and change the perception of what the state of Louisiana stands for.

Appeals court backs dismissal of firefighter groups' accounting malpractice suit because it was filed prematurely

By Charmaine Little | Jul 11, 2018

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a malpractice suit against accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP brought by the Firefighters’ Retirement System, Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Louisiana and the New Orleans Firefighters’ Pension and Relief Fund.

New Orleans attorney faces possible suspension following sexual encounter with cab driver

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Jennifer Elaine Gaubert faces possible suspension following a recommendation issued July 9 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over her criminal conviction stemming from a sexual encounter with a cab driver in 2012.

Former New Orleans public defender readmitted following suspension over alleged stalking incident

By Karen Kidd | Jul 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney and former public defender Trisha Ann Ward has been conditionally readmitted to practice law in Louisiana following a July 3 Louisiana Supreme Court decision and more than four years after her arrest in an alleged stalking incident.

Mother's medical device lawsuit likely to be fact-intensive, attorney says

By Angela Underwood | Jul 10, 2018

Attorney Timothy Sansone knows about product liability cases, such as the recent lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by the mother of minor girl against the makers of a medical device used to control the temperature of patients undergoing cardiac surgeries.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of prison trusty's injury suit against Claiborne Parish Police Jury

By Sandra Lane | Jul 10, 2018

SHREVEPORT – A three-judge Louisiana appeals court panel recently turned down the appeal of a prison trusty, Lindsey French, who had been seriously injured while mowing grass along Louisiana highways.

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