Janika Polk and Michele DeShazo Participated in Southern University Law Center’s Fall Professional Development Seminar

jdp and deshazoJanika Polk and Michele DeShazo participated in Southern University Law Center’s Fall Professional Development Seminar, followed by a reception sponsored by the Firm.

Janika Polk Presented on Arguing Against Exposure Pathways and Defeating the Causal Nexus to Injury ACI’s Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference

Polk-webJanika Polk presented on the topic of Arguing Against Exposure Pathways and Defeating the Causal Nexus to Injury at the American Conference Institute‘s Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference held in Chicago, Illinois on April 27, 2011.

Michele Hale DeShazo’s Published, “November Midterm Elections May Dramatically Alter Federal Legislation.”

DeShazo-webMichele Hale DeShazo’s article, “November Midterm Elections May Dramatically Alter Federal Legislation,” was recently published in the November issue of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) publication, The Whisper.

 

Monique M. Weiner – Summary Judgment Win in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Monique Weiner’s appellate briefing, and preparation of the defense at the trial court level, resulted in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in Keri Richard v. DuPont Company. After her termination, the plaintiff claimed that she was disabled under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and that DuPont had failed to accommodate her disability, resulting in a discrimination and wrongful termination claim. She also alleged that she was discriminated against because of her gender and her pregnancy. The trial court granted summary judgment as to all claims, and the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal, finding that no genuine issues of fact existed as to whether the plaintiff was disabled under the ADA, or whether she had proved pretext for the gender discrimination claim. The unpublished opinion can be located at 2010 WL 3852347 (C.A.5 (La.) 2010).

Michele Hale DeShazo Recognized for Her Role as Captain of Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Federal Legislative Liaison Pilot Tracking Program

DeShazo-webMichele Hale DeShazo is happy to receive recognition for her role as captain of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Federal Legislative Liaison pilot tracking program, which monitors and provides reports regarding key federal legislation to DRI members, including corporate members. More information concerning this work can be found in this article.

Deb Kuchler – Full Dismissal w/ Prejudice All Claims in Mesothelioma Case

After the striking of Plaintiffs’ expert testimony on medical causation and associated dispositive motion practice, Deb Kuchler obtained a full dismissal with prejudice of all claims asserted against our Client in an asbestos mesothelioma matter set for trial in East Baton Rouge Parish.