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

Supreme Court Strikes Down Non-Unanimous Criminal Convictions In Louisiana

On April 20, 2020, the United States Supreme Court overturned the 2016 conviction of a Louisiana man after a jury found him guilty of... More

MBLB’s Successful Summary Judgment in § 1983 Civil Rights Case Affirmed by U.S. Fifth Circuit

In February 2019, MBLB Members Mark E. Hanna and Trevor M. Cutaiar secured a summary dismissal of a plaintiff’s § 1983 claims against two... 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

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

Courts Rule on the Basis of Qualified Immunity in Clarkson v. White

The trial and appellate courts recently ruled in the case of Clarkson v. White on the basis of qualified immunity—the well-established doctrine that government officials... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Limitations to Absolute Judicial Immunity

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently addressed on a supervisory writ, Palowsky v. Campbell et al., where the plaintiff alleged that a law clerk, “spoliated, concealed,... More

Deputies Entitled to Qualified Immunity in 42 U.S.C. §1983 Case

Recently, Judge Ivan Lemelle, Senior United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, granted a Motion for Summary Judgment to Deputies Charles Cook... More

Louisiana State Police Announce Arrests for Automotive Insurance Fraud

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, the Louisiana State Police announced the arrests of seven New Orleans-area residents on charges related to automotive insurance fraud.... More

Internal Revenue Service Issues 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,... More