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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...

Insurer Appeals Award In Katrina Damage Case

JACKSON Miss. – (AP) A dispute between an insurance company and a retired Navy admiral over coverage of damages from Hurricane Katrina has made its way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The case is among dozens the Supreme Court will hear during its May-June term. The lawsuit involving Admiral...

5th Circuit Dismisses Global Warming Appeal

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) A divided en banc Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 28 dismissed the appeal of a panel decision that Mississippi residents have standing to sue the oil, coal and energy companies for releasing greenhouse gas emissions that contributed to global warming and exacerbated...

Don't Blame Cows: Manipulation Of Climate Change Data

CNN reported not too long ago that Frank Mitloehner, an air quality specialist from the University of California at Davis , accused the authors of a 2006 report published by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization ("FAO"), titled "Livestock's Long Shadow", of skewing scientific...

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...

Jury Awards Tourists $650K In Katrina Jail Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal jury in New Orleans has awarded more than $650,000 to two Ohio tourists arrested for public drunkenness and jailed for more than a month in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Makers Of FEMA Mobile Homes Near Class Action Settlement

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that Gulf Coast storm victims were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes, court records show. A proposed class-action...

$2.6 Million Deal To Settle FEMA Mobile Home Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve thousands of claims that the shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes, according to a proposed...

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...

Louisiana High Court Answers Certified Question Regarding Post-Loss Assignment

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Louisiana Supreme Court on May 10 found that although there is no Louisiana public policy that precludes an anti-assignment clause from applying to post-loss assignments, the language of the anti-assignment clause must clearly and unambiguously express that it applies...

Federal Judge Tosses Part Of Blackwater Lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (AP) A federal judge on Friday tossed out parts of a lawsuit filed by two former employees against the security company once known as Blackwater but is allowing key claims to proceed to trial. The rulings from U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III mean that, absent a last-minute settlement...

5th Circuit Panel Unable To Resolve Dispute Over Hurricane Post-Loss Assignments

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) In light of the Louisiana Supreme Court's May 10 answer to a certified question regarding post-loss assignments, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 found that it is unable to resolve an appeal by more than 200 insurers challenging approximately 151,000...

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. Supreme Court Denies Insurer's Motion To Stay Reinstated $92.9 Million Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 denied an insurer's motion to stay pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari of a $92.9 million judgment that was reinstated against it in a class action lawsuit arising from hurricanes Katrina and...

5th Circuit: United States Not Immune From Liability For Katrina Flood Damage

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 2 affirmed a lower court's ruling that the United States is not immune from liability for certain plaintiffs' Hurricane Katrina flood damage under Section 702c of the Flood Control Act of 1928 and under the discretionary...

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Insurer's Appeal Of Reinstated $92.9 Million Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 denied an insurer's petition for a writ of certiorari challenging the Louisiana Supreme Court's finding that every member of a class of more than 18,000 insureds was entitled to recover the maximum $5,000 civil penalty based...

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'...