Eric Winder Sella Named NOBA YLS Ambassador

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett is pleased to announce that Eric Winder Sella has been name a New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Ambassador. The YLS Bar Ambassadors are a select group of young lawyers recognized as leaders with a wide circle of influence. They make a difference and use their influence to get others to do so as well. The YLS Bar Ambassadors are charged with actively representing NOBA in all that they do, and by doing so, create NOBA’s future. 

About YLS

YLS is where new lawyers get to know one another and the local legal community, network with experienced professionals, and offer valuable community service in the New Orleans area. YLS programs are diverse and underscore a commitment to professional development and service.

About Eric Winder Sella

Associate Eric Winder Sella’s practice areas include trucking, transportation, and automobile litigation, admiralty and maritime, casualty and insurance defense, and insurance coverage litigation. Eric also practices entertainment law, including handling domestic and international transactions and intellectual property matters on behalf of local film talent and production companies.

Eric often emcees programs for the New Orleans Bar Association, a nod to his sense of humor, which makes working with him pleasurable. “I enjoy my clients. Sometimes you have tough situations and it takes a bit of creativity, and often humor, to get everyone on the same page. But I’m a straight shooter and have a way of giving good advice in a clear and succinct way people can understand.”

Eric has been highly involved in the legal profession. As an Executive Committee Member of the Young Lawyers Section of the New Orleans Bar Association, he has had the distinct honor of being a speaker at the Naturalization Ceremonies for new citizens at the Eastern District of Louisiana Courthouse.

Workers Compensation Laws: Louisiana

Thomson Reuters Practical Law recently published “Workers’ Compensation Laws: Louisiana,” a Q&A guide to workers’ compensation law for employers in Louisiana, which was written by Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett attorneys, Alan G. Brackett, Patrick J. Babin and Simone H. Yoder.

This Q&A addresses Louisiana laws requiring workers’ compensation coverage, including the benefits process, penalties for an employer’s failure to obtain workers’ compensation coverage, and anti-retaliation provisions. (Federal, local, or municipal law may impose additional or different requirements.)

Alan, Patrick and Simone have all been included in New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers. Alan has been included in Super Lawyers and Patrick and Simone have been included in Super Lawyers Rising Stars for workers’ compensation. Alan is also a fellow of the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers.

Click here to access “Workers Compensation Laws: Louisiana.”

Mark Hanna’s Article “Coverage and Defenses in Fair Housing Act Claims” Published in For The Defense

Mark HannaMember Mark E. Hanna’s recent article, “Coverage and Defenses in Fair Housing Act Claims,” was published in the June 2017 issue of DRI’s magazine, For The Defense. As Mark notes in the article, “The FHA and the ADA regulations are broad enough to include apparently innocent actions, which can create liability without any discriminatory intent.” You will want to read the entire article, which you can access below, but among the points he addresses are:

  • Can the Defendant Tender to an Insurance Carrier?
  • The Defense Approach to a Claim Under the ADA Related to a Service Animal
  • The Challenges Presented by Group Homes to Existing Municipal Zoning

Mark was the 2017 program chair for the DRI Civil Rights and Government Tort Liability Seminar and serves as chair of the DRI Governmental Liability Committee’s Land Use Specialized Litigation Group.

Coverage and Defenses in Fair Housing Act Claims

It is becoming all too common in the news: yet another apartment owner or municipality has paid out thousands or even millions of dollars to resolve a fair-housing complaint. The Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. §3601, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §12101, cover a vast array of housing and “places of public accommodation.” The FHA and the ADA make unlawful discriminatory conduct in both words and actions that limit the availability of housing or physical access to homes. The FHA bars discrimination based on race, color, national original, religion, sex, disability, or familial status in substantially all housing-related transactions. The agency regulations under the FHA and the ADA are broad enough to include apparently innocent actions, which can create liability even when there is no discriminatory intent. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), the principle that the FHA prohibits unjustified policies that discriminate in practice, even if not motivated by the intent to harm a particular group, was reaffirmed and made clear. At its core, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the FHA.

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