Toga Society, Inc. v. Harry Lee, et al.
(April 2009)

Thomas P. Anzelmo won a victory in favor of Jefferson Parish in the case entitled Toga Society v. Harry Lee, et al. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana where plaintiff maintained “that it is entitled to total damages in the amount of $436,057.24 for its losses for three “parade” years–those being 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06.” Toga Society v. Harry Lee, et al., 2005 WL 1578726, at p.1 (E.D. La. 2005). Jefferson Parish after taking over twenty depositions brought a Motion for Summary Judgment on damages which was granted by the district court. The district court found “that the only damages to which Toga is entitled to $3,485.00 in security costs paid in 2002 for its 2003 parade. The rest of the claims are specious at best and without any support in admissible evidence.” See Toga Society, 2005 WL 1578726, at p.7. This ruling was affirmed by the U.S. Fifth Circuit on appeal. See Toga Society v. Normand, 2009 WL 909431 (5th Cir. 2009).