Landlord-Tenant Laws: Your Rights as a Renter in Louisiana

February 22nd, 2017 - Category: Blog

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In the wake of the housing crisis, people are renting more than ever. While there are many advantages to signing a lease instead of a mortgage, there are also certain vulnerabilities. Since leasing a property involves a signed contract with a landlord, you need to know your rights as a renter in Louisiana.

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What is the Difference Between Workers’ Compensation Claims and Personal Injury Lawsuits?

February 8th, 2017 - Category: Blog

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When you’re injured on the job or because of the negligence of another party, you’re entitled to receive compensation. Whether you file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit depends on several factors. The type of litigation dictates what you’re able to receive to cover your expenses and any damages.

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Five Things to Know if You’re Considering Law School

September 30th, 2016 - Category: Blog

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Law school is an ambitious educational pursuit that can lead to a versatile career. However, law school is also challenging, time-consuming and expensive, which is why every potential applicant should make the decision with all the necessary information in hand. If you are considering law school, here are five things you need to consider before enrollment:

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3 of the Most Influential Class Action Lawsuits

September 20th, 2016 - Category: Blog

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Class action lawsuits are unique legal avenues that allow consumers to take legal action against larger companies, corporations or organizations. In this kind of lawsuit, plaintiffs leverage their position by consolidating their efforts. This allows regular people to have the resources necessary to take on defendants who would otherwise be too powerful to sue.

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3 MORE Auto Accident Myths You Thought Were True

August 25th, 2016 - Category: Blog


A car accident can be a jolt in more ways than one. If you cannot avoid a collision, then at least avoid the unpleasant shock these common auto accident myths perpetuate.

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Hiring a Lawyer: Five Frequently Asked Questions

August 11th, 2016 - Category: Blog


For most people, legal waters are confusing, overwhelming and frustrating to navigate through. For this reason, it is essential to find a trusted attorney capable of handling your case. In searching for a lawyer, you will undoubtedly have many questions about the process. To help you get started, here are five answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions:

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Roadway Accidents: Understanding the Government’s Liability

July 27th, 2016 - Category: Blog

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Every driver is responsible for being safe on the road. However, what happens when the road is not safe for drivers? Some traffic accidents are not caused by driver error. Instead, you may find yourself in a wreck caused by damaged roads or malfunctioning traffic equipment. When this occurs, who is responsible for your expenses? When determining the government’s liability, there are several critical factors we have to consider:

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5 Facts You Need to Know About Class Action Lawsuits

July 13th, 2016 - Category: Blog


Class action lawsuits may grab headlines and make for compelling news stories, but many people do not understand the scope of these legal cases and the impact they may have on future laws and regulations. More importantly, few people understand how these lawsuits can impact them personally or how to get involved if they are affected. Here are five important things to understand about class action lawsuits:

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8 Louisiana Laws That May Not Apply in Other States

June 29th, 2016 - Category: Blog

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Louisiana’s legislative code has numerous distinctive laws that are related to removing certain animals from sanctuaries, voiding agreements, redhibition, handwritten wills and forced heirship. Although legislators in 49 states use common law, Louisiana is the only state with a legal code that is primarily based on civil law, which augments the effects of the interpretation of each law and downgrades the impact of legal precedence.

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4 Significant Oilfield Class Action Cases You Should Know

June 8th, 2016 - Category: Blog

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The oil industry currently brings in over 50 billion dollars a year and employs nearly 10 million American jobs. In an industry this size with such a high volume of revenue, any accident has the potential to negatively impact thousands and cause severe economic damage.

When oil and gas accidents do occur, they are typically followed by significant legal action, setting precedents for future issues and potentially leading to protective legislation. Here are four such cases that lead to increased environmental and worker protection:

  1. Overtime Wage Lawsuits

Based in Odessa, Texas, Desta Drilling had not provided overtime pay for approximately three years, yet the business offered financial rewards if oil wells were completed by certain dates. After workers submitted a class action lawsuit in 2014, the company paid more than $317,000 to 449 individuals who had frequently worked for more than 40 hours per week.

In October of 2014, several individuals filed a class action lawsuit against Mid Continent Well Logging, which is situated in Norman, Oklahoma. In total, 192 workers joined the lawsuit and indicated that certain individuals regularly worked for more than 70 hours per week, yet the plaintiffs were not typically given overtime pay. During November 2015, the business agreed to a settlement that provided a sum of $820,000 for the claimants.

  1.  BP’s Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, oil began to stream from an underwater oil rig that was located in the Gulf of Mexico and owned by BP. In total, 4.9 million barrels of oil were released because the wellhead could not handle the consistent pressure, and BP utilized more than 1.8 million gallons of Corexit, which is a trademarked dispersant that may adversely affect an individual’s health.

According to a settlement, BP will pay approximately $18.7 billion to plaintiffs and to various businesses. The enterprise will also provide $350 million for the National Academy of Sciences, $2.3 billion for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $150 million for the National Turkey Federation. The business has also allocated $45 million to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which was established in 1986 and may provide funds for organizations that can remove oil after spills have occurred.

  1.  Exxon Tanker Collision

During March 1989, an oil tanker slammed into a reef in the Prince William Sound, which is located in Alaska’s southeastern section, and the collision allowed approximately 38 million barrels of oil to spill into the Pacific Ocean. Numerous investigations indicated that the oil tanker’s operators had steered the ship away from safe sea lanes in order to avoid icebergs. Moreover, Exxon had not performed routine maintenance on the oil tanker’s specialized radar, which could have warned of an impending collision. According to one personal injury lawyer who evaluated the case, the system had not been active for at least one year before the collision.

A class action was officially submitted in 1994, and the plaintiffs received a cumulative reward of more than $1.5 billion. Furthermore, Exxon had to set up two settlement funds that can allow plaintiffs to make claims and protect funds for potential plaintiffs who have not yet submitted claims.

  1.  Requesting a Consultation

Founded in 1975, our law firm specializes in class actions and currently represents many individuals who have been impacted by the oil spill that BP caused. If you want to learn more information about our services, you may evaluate descriptions of previous results, join our online community and analyze several resources that we offer. In order to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you should fill out our contact form or call 800-356-6776.

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