News and Events2018-11-30T12:40:33+00:00

Removal to Federal District Court Despite the Presence of a Forum Defendant

Devin Fadaol, Attorney

The term “race to the courthouse” may invoke notions of an attorney rushing to meet some court-imposed deadline or record a lien before another creditor. Rarely do we think of removal to federal district court in this context, but there is another type of “race to the courthouse” that can take place when an out-of-state defendant is served before a local in-state defendant is served.

Under 28 USC 1441(b):

Any civil action of which the district courts have original jurisdiction […]

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The Defense Wins!

Keith W. McDanielLance B. Williams, Attorney(Article published in DRI’s The Voice of the Defense Bar)

On Friday, February 6, 2015, a jury in Lake Charles, Louisiana, returned a defense verdict for Ford Motor Company following a two-week trial in a post-collision fire case, rejecting plaintiffs’ allegation that the brake master cylinder and reservoir assembly in decedent William Morvant’s 2002 Ford F-150 was defectively designed. Ford was represented at trial by Perry Miles and Lauren Wood of McGuireWoods, LLP in Richmond, Virginia, and by […]

Data Breach Insurance

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Twenty years ago, most companies maintained their files in rows and rows of filing cabinets. In order to access information from a file, it would be necessary for a person to go to the filing cabinet and actually retrieve the document which was being sought. If a third-party wanted to steal a company’s information, it would be necessary for that person to enter the company’s premises and either copy the documents on-site, or figure out a way get those documents out of your office.

In the last […]

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The Defense Wins!

Keith W. McDaniel(Article published in DRI’s The Voice of the Defense Bar)

DRI member Keith W. McDaniel, a partner with McCranie, Sistrunk, Anzelmo, Hardy, McDaniel & Welch LLC in New Orleans, successfully teamed with a colleague to secure a verdict for the Union Parish School Board following a jury trial in Union Parish, Louisiana in March 2014.  Read article

Benefits of Employment Practices Coverage

Sidney J. Hardy, AttorneyOver the past twenty years, one of the most rapidly growing areas of litigation in the United States has been in the employment area. Relatively recent changes in the law have created new causes of actions available for employees to sue their employers. Some of the most frequent suits are those based on race, sex or other discrimination, sexual harassment, violation of the family medical leave act, retaliation, and violation of laws against age discrimination.

 Jury awards relating to employee lawsuits usually reach well into the six […]

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Copyrights of Film Performance

Sidney J. Hardy, AttorneyDoes an actress have a copyright interest in her performance in a film? The answer to that question is “yes”, at least according to a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California.

In Garcia versus Google, Inc., et al., 743 F.3rd 1258 (9th Cir. 2014), the plaintiff, Cindy Lee Garcia, had sought a preliminary injunction in district court requiring Google to remove from YouTube a film in which she had appeared as an actress, claiming that the posting of the video infringed […]

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