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July 2014 Archives

Case against oil companies shifts focus to SB469

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East must contend with SB469, recently signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal, if it hopes to continue in its quest to hold oil and gas companies accountable for damage to wetlands. Supposedly, the new law strips the SLFPA-E of its authority to sue the companies. A former chair of the levee board, though, suggested that the law might be challenged in at least two ways.

How to prove negligence

Louisiana residents who are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit may not necessarily be aware of how the process works. In order to sue for damages, the plaintiff must prove that they sustained damages due to the defendant's negligence. There are four aspects of negligence one must prove in order to prove fault.

Family blames ambulance for death of relative, files lawsuit

Two members of a Louisiana family filed a lawsuit against the company that owned an ambulance so poorly maintained that their mother is alleged to have died as a result of being transported by it. According to the lawsuit, which was filed on June 9, the plaintiffs claim that their mother either contracted decubitus ulcers from the vehicle or had them aggravated by it, which ultimately led to her death.

Dialysis unit malfunction involved in wrongful death suit

The wife of a man who died after using a home dialysis machine filed a lawsuit in Louisiana on June 10. The suit maintains that the unit he was given was not working properly and that the health care company who provided it did not respond appropriately.

Drunk driver ran from fatal crash, Louisiana State Police say

Police detained a 27-year-old man on suspicion of DWI after he allegedly fled from a three-vehicle crash in Plaquemines Parish on foot. The July 8 car accident reportedly happened on Louisiana 23 at around 3:30 a.m. and resulted in the death of a 19-year-old driver.

Plaquemines hopes to keep case against oil companies in Louisiana

A judge will not rule until after Sept. 12 in a case that is part of a larger series of 21 lawsuits against 18 oil companies in Louisiana. While the judge in the case typically rules from the bench after hearing arguments, he is only hearing three of the cases while the rest are being heard by other judges.

Japanese automakers recall cars due to airbags

Three Japanese automakers recently issued recalls affecting vehicles in Louisiana and other southern states known for their humid climates. The automakers, Honda, Mazda and Nissan, are recalling nearly 3 million vehicles because of the possibility that high absolute humidity might cause their airbags to explode. The automakers announced the recalls on June 23.

The lawsuit against oil companies may be stalled

Levees.org offered its support upon hearing that Southeast Louisiana flood Protection Authority-East had filed a lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The suit claimed that the Katrina-flooded New Orleans had resulted from poorly designed levees and floodwalls as well as significant damage to the wetlands due to oil and gas exploration and production.

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