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August 2014 Archives

Customer sues car dealership; blames salesman for injuries

On July 15, a customer filed suit against a Louisiana car dealership, claiming that the injuries he suffered as a passenger were caused by a salesman who crashed the car into a curb. In the lawsuit, which was filed in the 24th Judicial District Court, the man seeks an undisclosed amount of compensation for damages that include lost earning capacity, lost wages, medical costs, pain and suffering, and mental suffering and anguish.

Maritime laws in Louisiana

Louisiana maritime laws like the Jones Act were designed to provide employees with protection if an injury occurs while working out at the sea. The legislation enables employees who have suffered an injury due to someone else's carelessness to seek restitution for damages.

New board candidates may jeopardize SLFPA-E suit

The fate of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies may be decided when filling seats on a New Orleans-area levee authority, and sources indicate that the committee meets to discuss applicants the week of Aug. 25. Elected officials have attacked the suit, and an anti-lawsuit commissioner could give the board enough votes to drop the case.

Hit-and-run accident on Louisiana highway leads to arrest

Two vehicles collided in the early hours of Aug. 3 on LA 108 near LA 27. Police arrived on the scene and found only one vehicle and an injured driver. A Dodge Ram truck was sitting on the shoulder of LA 108. It had been hit and damaged on the driver's side by another vehicle making an improper turn. Troopers arranged for the driver to be transported to the hospital with a fractured back and pelvis and broken ribs.

Critics of agency suit claim it has no legal ground

In July 2013, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed suit against 97 companies alleging that the companies had damaged areas of the coast. Critics of the lawsuit cite concerns that it will cause gas and oil companies to decide against coming to the state or to leave it. Supporters of the lawsuit claim that, if the suit is stopped by pending legislation, the oil and gas industry will receive the message that it does not have to worry about being held liable for an accident that causes environmental damage.

Levee authority claims Act 544 is invalid

Claiming that oil and gas companies caused major damage to sections of the coast that previously provided protection against storm surges, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East filed a lawsuit in July 2013. The defendants are 97 different companies. Recent reports suggest that the defendants are attempting to kill the lawsuit by citing a new state law.

Louisiana woman's family sues insurance company for fatal crash

According to a July 29 report, the family of a 35-year-old Louisiana woman who was killed in an alleged drunk driving accident has filed a lawsuit against the liable driver's insurance company. The lawsuit stated that the accident occurred on Interstate 10 near Cleary Avenue in Metairie on Jan. 19. The deceased woman was reportedly sitting in the passenger seat at the time the accident occurred.

GM may have known about defects several years prior to recall

Louisiana owners of General Motors' automobiles may be interested in a recent report that states rental companies told GM about potential defects as much as a decade prior to the 2014 recall. Among the problems reported, both Vanguard and Enterprise told GM about fatal Cobalt crashes where the airbags did not deploy. Files obtained by the report appear to show that GM knew about certain safety issues long before they took action.

Motorcyclist dies from injuries following Louisiana crash

A motorcyclist who was struck by a car in Shreveport on July 18 later died at the hospital from his injuries, authorities said. The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on E. Flournoy Lucas Road near the intersection with Ashley River Road.

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