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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.

Legal reform group laments missed opportunity as senate committee shelves auto insurance bill

By Carrie Bradon | May 27, 2019

Legislation intended to help lower Louisiana's notoriously high auto-insurance rates was rejected by a state Senate committee in a 4-1 vote on May 14.

Court rules against AMC’s motion for retrial in injury lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | May 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has ruled against the American Marine Corporation, responding to the company's motion for a retrial regarding medical fees it was ordered to pay plaintiff Henry Luwisch.

Court rules in favor of Harrah’s Casino in patron's lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | May 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has ruled in favor of Harrah’s Casino, which had faced a lawsuit regarding an alleged accident suffered by a casino patron.

Pelican Institute CEO laments lawmakers' 'neglected opportunity'

By Carrie Bradon | May 24, 2019

A recent bill aimed at cutting Louisiana's exorbitant auto-insurance rates was shot down 4-1 by a Senate committee on May 14.

'No relief' for auto-insurance holders, LFEI says, as auto insurance rate bill fails

By Carrie Bradon | May 24, 2019

Louisiana legislators recently met with unforeseen pushback in their efforts to bring relief to residents who for a long time have been burdened with some of the highest auto-insurance rates in the U.S.

Court partially grants motion to quash subpoena in alleged string of staged car accidents

By Charmaine Little | May 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted in part and denied in part a motion to quash a subpoena for a group of women accused of staging accidents.

Court rules that Dauphine Orleans Hotel failed to provide 'high degree of care' leading to guest's fall

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A patron at a New Orleans hotel was owed a certain level of duty from the inn prior to his accidental fall, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on April 9.

Lawsuit claims IHOP responsible for man's injuries

By Carrie Bradon | May 10, 2019

GRETNA – A man is suing an IHOP, alleging that he was injured in a slip and fall.

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.

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.

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.

Judge overrules Oceaneering International's objection to testimony in maritime injury case

By Charmaine Little | May 6, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Oceaneering International Inc.’s attempt to ban a plaintiff from bringing exhibits and a deposition testimony into evidence was sustained in part, overruled in part, and deferred in part by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 2.

Pelican Institute's Baehr supports new auto insurance bill

By Carrie Bradon | May 3, 2019

While Louisiana is known for being one of the most expensive states in which to own a car, the result of inflated insurance rates due to large settlements from even minor accidents, there is a new bill seeking to bring those rates back down to earth.

Court cites jurisdiction issues in dismissing marine personal injury lawsuit against 3 international firms

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 30, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed a Louisiana man’s marine personal injury lawsuit against three defendants, citing a lack of personal jurisdiction.

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