Professor Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against LSU

NEW ORLEANS — Dr. Ivor van Heerden, a disaster science specialist, hurricane researcher, author and former deputy director of the LSU Hurricane Center, on Feb. 10 filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in Louisiana state court alleging that LSU officials waged a campaign of retaliation against...

JPMDL Asked To Consolidate Oil Spill Lawsuits

BOISE, Idaho — (AP) A federal judicial panel wrestled Thursday with perceptions of bias and conflict among both judges and geography in figuring out where to consolidate more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Some of the 23 attorneys...

5th Circuit Reverses Finding That Contractor Had Government Immunity In Katrina Flood Case

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not "make" a contractor use the exact backfill material that was used for the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock Replacement Project in New Orleans, nor did it "require" the contractor to select the compaction method...

Ariz. County To Pay $2M To La. Man Shot In Eye

PHOENIX - (AP) An Arizona county will pay $2 million to a Louisiana man who claims he was shot in the eye in a road rage incident involving two of the county's deputies who were working in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday ....

Feinberg Calls His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims argues in a court filing posted Tuesday that the openness of the process has been "nothing short of extraordinary" and his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded what is required by federal law. The paperwork filed...

New Orleans Casino Owner Sued Over Secondhand Smoke

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Harrah's New Orleans Casino of failing to protect its employees from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. The mother of a former Harrah's dealer who died of cancer last year filed the federal suit Wednesday against the casino's...

Settlement Reached In Hurricane Katrina Class Action Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A major New Orleans hospital and the company that owned it have settled a class action lawsuit in the deaths and injuries of patients who were stranded there during and after Hurricane Katrina. The settlement was reached Wednesday as lawyers were picking a jury to hear the case. Full...

Kin Of Oil Rig Worker Killed In Explosion Settle Legal Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago have settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. A New Orleans federal court filing Friday says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair Manuel had settled...

Scientists Fret Over BP Funds For Gulf Research

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin. The spring nesting. . . . Full version...

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims

(AP) The lead attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year's Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process. They said in court papers Monday that administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been too slow to process interim payments. . . . Full...

Settlement Reached In Patient Deaths After Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A New Orleans judge has approved a $25 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed over the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. The deal was reached between Tenet Healthcare Corp., which operated the former Memorial Medical Center, and lawyers...

U.S. High Court Denies Petition Disputing Government's Immunity In Katrina Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 refused to hear an appeal of a lower federal court's ruling that the application of the discretionary function exception (DFE) to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) completely insulates the U.S. government from liability for claimants'...