Update on Accident Staging, Insurance Fraud Ring in New Orleans

UPDATE: United States Attorney Announces Additional Guilty Plea in Case Against Alleged Staged Accident Ringleader, Damian Labeaud A total of eight individuals have previously... More

New Tort Reform Legislation Could Alter Louisiana Litigation Climate

On May 29, 2020, Senate Bill 418, seeking to make sweeping changes in Louisiana tort litigation, was passed in the House of Representatives by... More

Louisiana’s Suspended Legal Deadlines under COVID-19

At the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, which hit Louisiana and the Greater New Orleans Area particularly hard, Louisiana’s governor took action to suspend... 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

Louisiana Supreme Court Grants Writ Application and Summary Judgment in Personal Injury Case Due to Lack of Sufficient Medical Evidence on Causation

On March 16, 2020, the Louisiana Supreme Court released a short opinion with significant application to personal injury litigation in Louisiana. Davis v. A... More

Decision by Fifth Circuit Notable for Primary and Excess Insurers Alike

A decision by the Fifth Circuit Court is notable for primary and excess insurers alike, providing primary insurers a tool to push excess insurers... More

UPDATE: U.S. Attorney Announces Guilty Pleas in Case Against Alleged Staged Accident Ringleader

A total of eight individuals have previously been indicted in a New Orleans-based insurance fraud scheme involving staged motor vehicle accidents. On January 30,... More

Louisiana Federal Court Excludes Opinion Testimony of Treating Physicians on Causation

In a decision rendered January 14, 2020, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana significantly limited the testimony of plaintiff’s... 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

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