Category: Firm News

Summary Judgment Win

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.

Opinion Obtained by the LA 4th Cir. Court of Appeals Reversing Orleans Verdict

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.

Another Motion for Summary Judgment Victory

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.

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.