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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

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Litigious Louisiana municipalities the focus of Federalist Society event

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 15, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The New Orleans Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society held an event at Galatoire's in New Orleans to discuss class action litigation on March 8.

Lawyer is accused of fraudulent conduct during distribution of Deepwater Horizon settlement funds

By Charmaine Little | Feb 19, 2019

Florida attorney Brian J. Donovan has filed a lawsuit claiming fellow lawyer Stephen Herman maliciously misled Donovan’s clients during the fallout of BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Inmates were left to die from Hep C, ACLU claims in lawsuits

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 14, 2019

A number of lawsuits claim that, despite suffering from a serious health condition that required treatment, Louisiana prisons inmates were instead left to die.

Law professor says lawsuit against NFL regarding pass interference non-call is unlikely to be successful

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 11, 2019

New Orleans attorney Frank D'Amico Jr. recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of New Orleans Saints season-ticket holders claiming that the National Football League should have called a pass interference penalty in the final minutes of the NFC Championship game in which the Los Angeles Rams beat the Saints 26-23.

Law professor backs judge's claim that poor funding is no excuse for violation of constitutional rights

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 11, 2019

A Louisiana judge recently allowed a class-action lawsuit to advance on behalf of poverty-stricken Louisianans, claiming that the state does impoverished defendants a disservice and violates their constitutional rights through failing to properly represent them

Former server seeks class-action against Harris Cuisine

By William Sassani | Feb 8, 2019

New Orleans -- A former restaurant server is seeking conditional certification of a class-action lawsuit against Harris Cuisine LLC, as well as Harris JMHProperties LLC and John M. Harris

Grow Louisiana Coalition and other business groups rallying for legal reform

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 7, 2019

Several business groups recently gathered to discuss options for improving what they consider to be a worsening legal climate in the state of Louisiana

Court grants IHOP worker's request for conditional class certification in employee pay lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently granted a motion for class certification filed by an IHOP employee who filed a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Class action against Denka Performance Elastomer returns to state court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 5, 2018

On Oct. 15, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana granted a class action’s motion to remand the case back to state court but denied the class’ request for attorney’s fees and legal costs associated with a previous removal.

Judge rejects class action lawsuit against mayor's court of Gretna

By Sandra Lane | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge threw out a class action lawsuit over traffic tickets handled by the municipal court in Gretna.

Senior care workers claim Community Care Services fails to pay overtime

By Tomas Kassahun | Sep 18, 2018

MONROE – Employees of a Louisiana corporation that provides services to senior citizens recently filed a class action lawsuit claiming Community Care Services (CCS) doesn’t pay the workers for overtime.

Garbage removal companies sued for creating 'noxious' odors

By Chandra Lye | Sep 2, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - A Parish of Jefferson resident has filed a complaint on behalf of a proposed class of residents, seeking more than $5 million in damages, over an alleged garbage smell caused by waste companies.

Class action lawsuit over Waggaman landfill moved to federal court

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 28, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – A waste management company named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit over odors coming from a Jefferson Parish landfill recently filed notice to move the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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