Amber B. Barlow published her article, “Attacking the “Any Exposure” Theory in Asbestos Litigation” in DRI’s The Whisper on December 5, 2014.
Skylar Rudin assisted in obtaining a verdict in favor of a telecommunications company whose employee had an automobile accident with the plaintiff. Plaintiff alleged that her two-level lumbar surgery was necessitated by the accident. Our client stipulated to liability for the accident but not causation or damages.
The team obtained pre-trial orders limiting the testimony of each of plaintiffs’ three medical causation experts.
After a two-day trial in federal court, the jury deliberated for twenty-five minutes before returning a verdict finding that the accident did not cause plaintiff any injury and that it did not aggravate her preexisting medical spinal condition.
Deb Kuchler was part of a multi-firm trial team representing a major petrochemical company in a thyroid cancer case involving alleged exposure to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). A Jefferson Parish jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.
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On March 8, 2013, after more than two years of discovery and pre-trial practice, Lee Ziffer secured summary judgment on behalf of two clients, an automobile manufacturer and a dealership, in a products liability wrongful death action. After extensive briefing and argument and in the face of aggressive opposition, the State District Court found that the claimants could not prove that a defect in the manufacturer’s and dealership’s products caused the Decedent’s personal injuries and death.
Michele Hale DeShazo published her article, “A Roundup of Technology Trends for Attorneys” in DRI’s The Voice on March 6, 2013.
On May 18, 2012, Janika Polk and Lee Ziffer obtained an opinion from the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal reversing an Orleans Parish trial judge’s ruling quashing our client’s subpoena to the Johns Manville Asbestos Settlement Trust. In what is the first Louisiana appellate opinion on the matter, the Fourth Circuit found that contrary to the plaintiff’s arguments and the trial court’s determination, defendants are entitled to discover a plaintiff’s submissions to an asbestos bankruptcy trust and that those submissions are not protected by any recognized privilege under Louisiana law.
Michele Hale DeShazo and team obtained a Motion for Summary Judgment for a heavy equipment manufacturer. The Court determined that the bucket truck at issue was not a defective product as a matter of law. Plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturer was the successor for purposes of liability relative to a prior company. After extensive discovery and briefing on the issue, the Louisiana State District Court granted the Defendant Manufacturer’s Motion for Summary Judgment as to Plaintiffs’ claims for personal injuries in the product liability matter.
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 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.
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.