In a Recent Civil Rights Case, Fifth Circuit Reinforces Qualified Immunity Serves to Protect Police Officers

A recent opinion issued by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the civil rights case, Anokwuru v. City of Hous., 990 F.3d 956... More

First Circuit Affirms Owner Not Liable in Premise Liability Case

In a recent premises liability case, Cosse v. Lafarge North America, Inc., 2020 CW 1183 (La.App. 1 Cir. 04/01/21), the Louisiana First Circuit Court... More

First Circuit Upholds Doctrine of Uberrimae Fidei Requiring a Marine Insurance Policyholder to Act in “Utmost Good Faith”

In a recent case, QBE Seguros v. Carlos A. Morales-Vázquez, No. 19-1503, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (January 19, 2021),... More

U.S. Fifth Circuit Clarifies Seaman’s Standard of Care Under the Jones Act

In a recent opinion regarding a seaman’s comparative fault for his personal injury claim, the U.S. Fifth Circuit clarified a longstanding area of contention... More

SCOTUS Overturns Fifth Circuit in Qualified Immunity Case

Qualified immunity presents a tough hurdle to clear at the initial stages of any civil rights lawsuit—but in a recent Supreme Court opinion, the... More

Death on the High Seas: Federal Court Applies Maritime Wrongful Death Statute to Cruise Ship Passenger Who Dies On Shore

The global cruise industry, still trying to weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and its chilling effect on tourism worldwide, received one favorable... More

Michigan Court Delivers First US Decision on COVID Business Interruption Claims

In a moment that insurance coverage attorneys nationwide have anticipated since mid-March, a U.S. court has granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss a policyholder’s... More

Western District of Louisiana Limits Plaintiffs’ “Windfalls” Under the Collateral Source Rule

Citing a Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett case, DePerrodil v. Bozovic Marine, Inc., 842 F.3d 352, 358-60 (5th Cir. 2016), the Western District of... More

5th Circuit Sets High Bar for Prisoners’ Challenges to Qualified Immunity

Federal prison inmates face high procedural bars in proving Bivens claims against prison staff for First and Eighth Amendment violations, according to a recent... More

Lights, Camera, Judgment: Mark Hanna Scores Win for Local Film Studio

Member Mark Hanna and Associate Joseph Trytten received a grant of summary judgment dismissing Chalmette, Louisiana’s The Ranch Studios in a premises liability/personal injury... More