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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

COVID-19 Fuels Debate Over Waiver of Jones Act’s Coastwise Trade Restrictions

The COVID-19 virus has significantly impacted the United States economy. The maritime industry, as part of the global supply chain, is certainly no exception.... More

DLHWC Implements Several New Procedures

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) has implemented a series... More

An Analytical Framework for Defending COVID-19 Claims Under LHWCA

American employers are facing never-before-seen obstacles with managing their businesses because of this national pandemic. With so many workers losing time due to either... More

COVID-19 Claims Under Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law: Accident or Occupational Disease?

With the substantial number of COVID-19 cases that have already been diagnosed in Louisiana, we can expect to see claims asserting entitlement to disability... 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

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

CBD Regulations: A Word of Caution for Truck Drivers

In the past few years, there has been a strong push at the local and State levels to de-criminalize or make exceptions for certain... 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