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Louisiana Supreme Court hands down largely deferred reciprocal suspensions against Dallas attorney

By Karen Kidd | Apr 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Dallas attorney Richard Joseph Deaguero has been reciprocally suspended following an April 22 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over discipline imposed against him in three separate Texas proceedings.

Shreveport attorney back on probation after being reinstated late last year

By Karen Kidd | Apr 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Shreveport attorney Rebecca Lynn Vishnefski has been placed on probation following an April 22 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding less than six months after she was reinstated.

Judge denies motion for summary judgment in slip-and-fall accident at Wendy's restaurant in Gretna

By Lauren Shea | Apr 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied a motion for summary judgment requested by Haza Foods of Louisiana LLC and Wendy’s International LLC in a personal injury lawsuit filed by Erin M. Marine.

New Orleans lawsuit puts 'politics ahead of hardworking citizens' best interests,' Pelican Institute says

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 18, 2019

The City of New Orleans filed a lawsuit against several oil and gas companies alleging their operations are harming the environment, but this action by the city may result in undesirable consequences, given the massive role the industry plays in the city.

Appeals court suggests revising laws regarding when county clerks offices can turn off fax machines

By Karen Kidd | Apr 17, 2019

BATON ROUGE — A day late filing a lawsuit remains a day late, even when the clerk's office closes its office and shuts down its fax machine before the day is done, a state appeals court recently ruled in a lawsuit over a 2016 auto accident.

State appellate panel declines to award damages over 'frivolous appeal'

By Karen Kidd | Apr 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A state appeals court has declined to order payment of legal costs for a man whose New Orleans attorney appealed a judgment of more than $500,000 in a legal malpractice judgment over a botched bankruptcy case.

Pelican Institute opposes legal action targeting perceived impact of coastal erosion

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans has joined six parishes that have filed a lawsuit alleging that oil and gas companies in Louisiana are contributing to coastal erosion, but drawing the opposition of a public policy group.

Louisiana high court disciplines Colorado lawyer suspected of installing camera in restroom

By Karen Kidd | Apr 16, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime Denver attorney Robert Wiegand II was reciprocally disciplined April 8 by a Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding after he allegedly installed a surveillance camera in a restroom at his firm's office in Colorado.

Metairie attorney permanently disbarred after allegedly embezzling almost $4,000

By Karen Kidd | Apr 16, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime suspended Metairie attorney Michael Keith LeBlanc has been permanently disbarred following a April 8 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he stole nearly $4,000 from his employer and then fled.

District court grants summary judgment to Dollar General in slip and fall case

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 16, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Retailer Dollar General, which was being sued by a customer after slipping and falling at one of its stores, has obtained a victory in court.

State appeals court upholds $659,000 award for former Grambling basketball player

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 16, 2019

BATON ROUGE – A former student-athlete who was awarded over $650,000 in damages after suffering injuries during a disciplinary run he suffered while a part of the Grambling State University basketball team had his award upheld in a state appeals court.

Appeals court reverses ruling against couple suing professional engineer over mold claim in their home

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 16, 2019

BATON ROUGE – A Livingstone Parish couple who suffered damages because of mold in its house, and who had its claims dismissed, has obtained a victory in court.

Louisiana Lawsuit Absue Watch director critical of Terrebonne Parish's fight against coastal oil and gas firms

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 15, 2019

In an op-ed written by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch director Lana Venable and published by Watchdog, Venable calls attention to a plan involving the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Court affirms exemption of peremption against Lafourche Paris Water District on pipeline construction

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 15, 2019

BATON ROUGE – The Lafourche Paris Water District, which was attempting to fight an exemption of peremption against a building company that has been building a pipeline, has suffered a loss in court.

Federal court grants summary judgment for insurer in swimming pool construction case

By Gabriel Neves | Apr 15, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana couple who sued a construction company and its insurer over alleged damages caused by a swimming pool installation has suffered a setback in court.

Attorneys will be only winners in lawsuits targeting energy industry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 13, 2019

Lawsuits that target the energy industry and allege environmental damage from production activities decades ago are a growing problem in Louisiana, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says on its website.

Pelican Institute CEO condemns Terrebone Parish efforts to disrupt oil and gas operations

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

It is no secret that Louisiana is often criticized for its proliferation of trial attorneys who make a profit by pursuing legal battles in which large settlements are attached. A recent tactic in Terrebonne Parish is being brought to light by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch through an op-ed written by Lana Venable, director of LLAW, and published by Watchdog.

State attorney general appeals dismissal of coastal erosion lawsuit

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

According to City Business, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is appealing the dismissal of a federal lawsuit alleging the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway’s repeated widening is cutting away at Louisiana’s land — particularly that of Vermillion Parish — and is contributing to coastal erosion.

Appeals court affirms ruling that health care lawyer is not entitled to disability benefits because of migraines

By Charmaine Little | Apr 10, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana that determined a New Orleans health care lawyer was not owed disability benefits from her employer after suffering migraines.

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