Monique M. Weiner and Mark E. Best won several motions for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in consolidated lawsuits arising out of an emergency shutdown and release from a natural gas compressor station. The court dismissed the toxic exposure and property damage claims of numerous plaintiffs after agreeing that none could prove causation.
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 The unpublished opinion can be located at 2010 WL 3852347 (C.A.5 (La.) 2010).