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Judge issues stay pending appeal in Louisiana coastal permits case

By Brent Zell | Jun 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has granted a stay pending an appeal in a case of six defendants and coastal-permit lawsuits targeting Louisiana’s energy industry and whether state or federal laws rule.

Court rejects motion to dismiss Cotton Exchange Hotel's lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 7, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has rejected a motion from Commercial Renovation Services to have a lawsuit levied by the owners of the Cotton Exchange Hotel dismissed.

Judge dismisses majority of patient's defective product claims against medical products manufacturers

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed the majority of complaints from a plaintiff regarding alleged defective products administered by Covidien LP and Medtronic, expect for his “construction or composition defect claim.”

Motion for summary judgment in injury lawsuit against Illinois Central Railroad Co. dismissed

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 2, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has dismissed a motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability against the Illinois Central Railroad Co.

Appeals court upholds ruling that fees are reimbursable in lawsuit over no-money-down bankruptcy filings

By Charmaine Little | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A bankruptcy court made the right decision when it said that “no-look fees” were not reimbursable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit determined on May 13.

District court judge throws out wrongful death lawsuit levied against the federal government

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Respondin​​​​​g to a motion submitted by the U.S. government to dismiss both an expert's testimony and a lawsuit regarding a purported wrongful death and multiple claims of the Federal Tort Claims Act, a judge within the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana granted each motion, thus ending the lawsuit.

District judge recalls previously dismissed defendant in offshore drilling injury lawsuit

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – A U.S. District Court judge has granted defendant Spartan Offshore Drilling's motion to recall a third-party defendant, Gordon Reed, regarding a workplace injury lawsuit.

Judge rules on motions to exclude evidence accumulated in lawsuit over alleged auto accident

By Payton Kuhn | Jun 1, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued multiple decisions regarding motions to exclude evidence collected in the discovery period of a lawsuit arising from a motor vehicle accident in April 2017.

District court grants preliminary injunction, in part, for contractor in St. Bernard Parish dispute

By Shanice Harris | May 28, 2019

The defendants in a breach of contract case had their application for preliminary injunction granted, in part, in U.S. District Court on April 19.

Court rules in favor of Mayer Yacht for a second time

By Payton Kuhn | May 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has ruled in favor of Mayer Yacht to receive over $100,000 in awards from Donald Calloway, who was listed as a third-party defendant in a lawsuit over unpaid invoices.

Judge denies request to have RICO allegations stricken

By Payton Kuhn | May 27, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied motions from the Bankers Insurance Company and Bankers Surety Services to have alleged RICO violations made of the companies stricken from official statements, and for sanctions to be levied against the plaintiffs.

Appeals court orders McDonnel Group back to arbitration in dispute with insurer

By Charmaine Little | May 24, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed that an arbitration amendment is irrelevant, ordering a company suing its insurance provider to take the arbitration route on May 13.

Federal court upholds denial of motion for reconsideration in wage case against Flight Services and Systems

By Charmaine Little | May 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana affirmed a ruling earlier this month from a magistrate judge who denied the plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration in a wage and overtime pay case.

Fifth Circuit affirms deceased man's ex-wife entitled to $500K from 401(k) after widow sues

By Charmaine Little | May 23, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ironed out a case between a deceased man’s widow and ex-wife, siding with the ex-wife and ruling that she’s owed $500,000 from the decedent’s 401(k) balance.

Court excludes expert witness testimony for plaintiff in lawsuit against God Way's Trucking

By Shanice Harris | May 15, 2019

The United States District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana is not allowing God Way’s Trucking company’s witness testimony to be presented in their court case against Kierra Thomas, according to an order made on April 17.

Appeals court backs ruling on provisional status for Tangipahoa Parish schools

By Charmaine Little | May 14, 2019

The Tangipahoa Parish School Board lost its appeal of a lower court's ruling that granted provisional unitary status for the Louisiana school district.

District judge denies Liberty Mutual's motion to lift a stay

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Insurance company Liberty Mutual was not able to convince the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to lift a stay in its lawsuit against Integrated Pro Services LLC.

Investigator who drew gun during civil action raid on physician's office has qualified immunity, court rules

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – An investigator who allegedly broke down the doors of a medical clinic during a search is protected under qualified immunity in a case filed by a doctor citing unlawful detention, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled.

Appeals court reverses 'failed business' declaration in Deepwater Horizon judgment

By Charmaine Little | May 13, 2019

An appeals court placed fault with a district court in incorrectly ruling that a company was considered a “failed business” in its settlement agreement amid the 2010 BP oil spill payout and reversed and remanded a judgment.

Judge dismisses excessive force suit against Houma City marshals

By Scott Holland | May 13, 2019

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has dismissed the Houma City Marshal’s Office from a lawsuit involving courthouse confrontations and allegations of excessive force.

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