Deb Kuchler was elected a Director of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”) at the annual meeting in Williamsburg, VA where she and her husband, John, served as convention chairs.
Michele Hale DeShazo served as lead trial counsel in a prescription trial in Louisiana state court involving claims of exposure to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). The claims were dismissed with prejudice by the Court at the close of the trial.
Michele 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 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 The unpublished opinion can be located at 2010 WL 3852347 (C.A.5 (La.) 2010).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 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.