Case Studies

Notable Cases & Settlements

Brodtmann v. Duke, 708 So.2d 447 (La.App.4 Cir.1998)
Maritime product liability claim that caused a national warning campaign by the
generator manufacturers defendant

Ieyoub v. American Tobacco Company, No. 97-31222, (U. S. W. D. La. 1996)
Action to Recover for Medicare/Medicaid Costs from Tobacco Companies Case
which resulted in a 4.4 billion dollar settlement for the people of Louisiana

Michelle O’Regan v. Preferred Enterprises, 758 So.2d 124 (La. 2000)
On rehearing Louisiana Supreme Court declared that employees had a cause of
action in tort against their employer when the employment was for less than twelve
months.

McGuire v. Sigma Coatings, No. 91-2076, (U. S. E. D. La. 1994)
Private Party Cost Recovery Action under the Comprehensive Environmental
Compensation and Liability . One of the first times a Federal Judge shifted/altered
the defendant’s burden of proof as a discovery sanction for destroying evidence.

Dumont v. Charles Schwab, No.99-2840, (U. S. E. D. La. 1995)
National class action against discount brokerage firm involving conflicts of interest
associated with the receipt of payments for order flow by the broker.

Lailenghue v. Mobil Oil Corp., No. 64-869, Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard, State of Louisiana
14.9 million dollar settlement of class action lawsuit involving a hydro-cracker
explosion in Mobil’s Refinery in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

Thomas v. Charles Schwab, No. 66700, 10th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of Natchitoches
A national class action involving all customers of Charles Schwab who have
purchased and/or sold NASDAQ securities;

Thomas v. Fidelity, No. 68,389-A, 10th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of Natchitoches,
A national class action involving all customers of Charles Schwab who have
purchased and/or sold NASDAQ securities;

Cappel v. Quick & Reilly, Inc., No. 96-13473, Civil District Court
for the Parish of Orleans,
A national class action involving all customers of Charles Schwab who have
purchased and/or sold NASDAQ securities;

Greer v. Mobil Oil, No. 80-975, 34th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard,
A class action involving all person injured from a hydrogen sulfide release from the
Mobil Oil Refinery in St. Bernard Parish into the community;

Andry v. Murphy Oil, No. 77-132, “C”, 34th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard
A class action involving all persons injured from an explosion at the Murphy Oil
Refinery in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana,

Doerr v. Mobil Oil Corporation, No. 83-913 “C”, 34th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard
A class action involving all persons injured from the dumping of toxic chemicals
into the community of St. Bernard Parish’s water system;

Chartier v. Mobil Oil Corporation, No. 83-658 “A”, 34th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard
A class action involving all persons injured from the admission of toxic chemicals
into the community of St. Bernard Parish;

Ruffin v. Mobil Oil Corporation, No. 98-1986 “G”, Civil District Court
for the Parish of Orleans
A class action involving all person injured from a hydrogen sulfide release from the
Mobil Oil Refinery in St. Bernard into the community

Pelayo v. Mobil Oil Corporation, No. 84-376 “A”, 34th Judicial District Court
for the Parish of St. Bernard
A class action involving all person injured from the release of toxic chemicals into
the community

In Re Diet Drugs (Phentermine Fenfluramine / Dexfenfluramine)
Petrou v. Wyeth Ayeherst
, U.S.D.C., E.D. LA. – C.A. NO. 97-3405,
U.S.D.C., M.D.La. C.A. No. 98-20072, MDL Docket No. 1203,
A pending Louisiana State class action involving all persons who have ingested
Phentermine, Fenfluramine and Dexfenfluramine

Billieson v. City of New Orleans, No. 94, 19231, Civil District Court
for the Parish of Orleans,
A class action involving exposure to lead paint in the public housing developments
run by the city of New Orleans

Melson v. Colonial Pipeline, USDC – Middle District Case, No. 98-1135 c/w
98-1137, 98-1138, 98-1139, 98-1143 & 99-0164
A class action against a pipeline company for allowing hundreds of thousands of gallons of
gasoline into the St. Helena Parish water table.

Hoffman, Grace (no suit filed)
A lawsuit against a common carrier for personal injuries including brain damage, which
occurred as a result of the common carriers negligence.

Albert Andry, et al. v. Entergy, et al., No. 2001-8346″M”
An electrical contact case in which plaintiff suffered severe and disfiguring damages to his
person as a result of the negligence of the defendants.