New Orleans Tractor-Trailer Accident Staging Update

News of convictions and guilty pleas have slowed recently in the accident staging ring involving tractor-trailers in the New Orleans area. Most recently, the... More

MCS-90 Endorsement Versus Insurance Liability Coverage

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently ruled that an MCS-90 Endorsement to a commercial trucking insurance policy was limited... More

Use of Third Party Billing Agent Not Enough to Invoke Collateral Source

In the personal injury lawsuit, Walter George v. Progressive Waste Solutions of LA, Inc., 2022-CC-01068, the Louisiana Supreme Court found that the collateral source... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Rules UM Waiver Invalid Without Insurer’s Name on Selection Form

In a ruling of December 9, 2022, the Louisiana Supreme Court, in Berkley Assurance Company v. Melissa Willis as Parent/Guardian of Macy Lee Willis... More

When is an Independent Tractor-trailer Owner-operator Considered to be “Under Dispatch?”

When is an independent owner-operator of a tractor-trailer considered to be “under dispatch?” Louisiana courts have often grappled with the question of whether a... More

Defendant Asserting Comparative Fault May Appeal a Summary Judgment Dismissing a Co-Defendant

In Amedee v. Aimbridge Hosp. LLC, 2021-01906 (La. 10/21/22), the Louisiana Supreme Court resolves a circuit split and holds a defendant pleading comparative fault... More

IME Parameters Revisited: A New Restriction Framework for Louisiana Additional Medical Examinations

In April, 2021, we reported on a case involving restrictions on Independent Medical Examinations.  Though that opinion was unpublished, it seemed to be out... More

C. Michael Parks Interviewed by CityBusiness for Leadership in Law

Member C. Michael Parks was recognized as an honoree for the New Orleans CityBusiness 2022 “Leadership in Law” class at a reception held at... More

Louisiana’s Rear-Ending Motorist Presumption in a Disputed Fact Scenario

Under Louisiana law, a motorist who rear-ends another vehicle is presumed to be at fault based on interpretations of La. R.S. 32:81(A). This presumption... More

Louisiana Legislation Mandating Coverage for Permissive Use of Non-Owned Vehicles Signed Into Law

We previously reported regarding proposed House Bill 870 which will require all insurers to provide coverage when any insured is driving a non-owned vehicle... More