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U.S. High Court Denies Petition Disputing Government's Immunity In Katrina Dispute
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Jennifer Hans

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... Read More

5th Circuit Reverses Finding That Contractor Had Government Immunity In Katrina Flood Case
Posted on 15 Sep 2010 by Jennifer Hans

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"... Read More

Ariz. County To Pay $2M To La. Man Shot In Eye
Posted on 5 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

New Orleans Casino Owner Sued Over Secondhand Smoke
Posted on 12 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Kin Of Oil Rig Worker Killed In Explosion Settle Legal Claims
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Feinberg Calls His Oil Spill Claims Work 'Unparalleled'
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

JPMDL Asked To Consolidate Oil Spill Lawsuits
Posted on 29 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Settlement Reached In Hurricane Katrina Class Action Lawsuit
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

(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... Read More

Settlement Reached In Patient Deaths After Katrina
Posted on 28 Jul 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Scientists Fret Over BP Funds For Gulf Research
Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

Professor Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against LSU
Posted on 5 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More