Month: July 2021

Louisiana DA’s office settles all claims over the use of fake subpoenas

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office has settled a long-running federal civil rights lawsuit over New Orleans prosecutors’ use of fake subpoenas — along with other hardball tactics under former DA Leon Cannizzaro — according to court records.

The suit, brought by the Washington-based organization Civil Rights Corps and the ACLU on behalf of a group of plaintiffs who claimed they were jailed, or threatened with jail, after allegedly failing to cooperate with criminal prosecutions. Most of those plaintiffs said the DA’s office served them with so-called “DA subpoenas,” a term prosecutors used to refer to the bogus subpoenas.

3M earplug cases sent to state court as federal bellwether dropped

3M Co has lost the latest in a series of bids to move lawsuits alleging that its combat earplugs caused hearing damages from Minnesota state court to federal court, which would have cleared the way for them to be sent to a multidistrict litigation in Florida.

U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis on Thursday ruled that he lacked jurisdiction over eight lawsuits, including dozens of plaintiffs, rejecting 3M’s arguments that its status as a U.S. military contractor allowed it to raise federal law defenses.

3M spokesperson Fanna Haile-Selassie said the company is confident in its defenses whether they are in state or federal court. Daniel Gustafson of Gustafson Gluek, a lawyer for the state court plaintiffs, could not be reached for comment.

The ruling came a day after a case that was scheduled to go

Wealthy Catholic Donor Offered Money To Make Sex Abuse Complaints Go Away

A prominent donor to the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans offered $400,000 to an alleged sexual abuse victim to settle his claims and stop cooperating with police in a criminal investigation, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Jefferson Parish.

The court complaint details allegations against Virgil Maxey “V.M.” Wheeler III, a local attorney and former deacon at St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie who was arrested in March. The Jefferson Parish district attorney has not yet determined whether it will pursue charges against the 63-year-old.

COVID-related malpractice lawsuits rise

Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the pandemic brought on a slew of concerns and lawsuits, according to experts.

“Whenever there was a spike in the number of COVID cases, about a month and a half after the spike, we saw a spike in medical malpractice lawsuits,” said attorney Victor Bornstein, founder of Justpoint.

Bornstein said the past year brought a spike in COVID-19-related cases and other malpractice lawsuits.

It is not just in hospitals either: those lawsuits stem from care in long-term care facilities as well, like nursing homes.

“I think the biggest concern we have is that these mistakes are happening in the first place. We have people who lost their spouses, lost their kids.”

Bornstein believes there is a lot for everyone to still learn from this pandemic, including how to best treat COVID-19 patients and how to deal with COVID-19-related lawsuits.

“There’ s been some laws approved to shield healthcare professionals from lawsuits related to COVID, and some states have been adopting them, and some states have not been adopting them. It’s basically legal chaos; it’s a little bit difficult to determine if someone has a lawsuit if it relates to COVID to know if someone might have a lawsuit related to COVID.”

How Contributory Negligence Comes Into Play in Personal Injury Cases

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. However, before you do this, it’s important to familiarize yourself with some of this legal sector’s most relevant principles, including contributory negligence. In this guide, we explore personal injury law, contributory negligence, and how the two relate.

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