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

Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal Reviews Effect of Settlement on Insurer’s Duty to Defend

On November 15, 2019, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal issued an opinion on the effect of settlement on an insurer’s duty to... More

U.S. Attorney Announces Additional Indictments in Insurance Fraud Case Against Alleged Staged Accident Ringleader

A total of eight individuals have been indicted in a New Orleans-based insurance fraud scheme involving staged motor vehicle accidents. According to a Superseding... More

Eastern District of Louisiana Weighs In On “The Forum Defendant Rule”

The Eastern District of Louisiana recently weighed in on “the forum defendant rule,” an issue that arose in a recent case, Texas Brine Co.,... More

Legislation Pending to Amend Minimum Mandatory Insurance Coverage for Interstate Trucking Companies

Currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives is a bill to amend the minimum mandatory insurance coverage for interstate trucking companies from $750,000.00... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Considers First-Party Bad Faith Claim Prescriptive Period

On October 22, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a decision finding that first-party bad faith claims against insurers arise from a contractual relationship... More

Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses Psychological Compensation Resulting from Physical Injuries

Claims for workers’ compensation benefits, as well as claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) and the Defense Base Act... More

Automobile Liability Insurer Remains in Lawsuit Despite Executory Judgment

The Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s decision to grant an automobile liability insurer’s motion for summary... More

Claim Dismissed Against Employer and Insurance Carrier for Alleged HIPAA Violation

In a recent case, Bowles v. Apro International Inc., the employer was able to obtain a dismissal of the claim because the claimant was... More

Recent Opinion from Eastern District of Louisiana Addresses Litigation Funding Companies

The rise of litigation finance companies is now well-documented, up to and including Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker. As noted by the ABA Journal,... More