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Orleans Parish jury returns a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff in the amount of $8,214,479.35

Mr. Elray Lege was an insulator for Cajun Insulation at the Cities Services/Columbian Chemical/Birla facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana for approximately 2 months in 1978/1979. He also worked for a few months each at Texaco and at Cabot in Louisiana. Mr. Lege was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 70 years old, and unfortunately passed away shortly before trial.

Police issue citation after recent motor vehicle accident

In Louisiana and across the country, intersections are some of the most dangerous locations on the road. Traveler safety often hinges on every motorist fully adhering to traffic laws and safety regulations, and also staying alert and being cautious behind the wheel. If a driver is negligent, the results are often disastrous. According to law enforcement authorities, on a recent Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. an older woman failed to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist.

Traffic at intersections is often controlled by stop signs or lights. Knowing when to yield a right of way is crucial to navigating a crossroads in a safe manner. The woman's apparent negligence in allegedly failing to yield the right of way may have been the causal factor in the collision. Although the investigation is still ongoing at this time, police did state that they cited the woman for making an unsafe left turn at an intersection.

2 fatalities, serious injuries to another after auto accident

Many lives in Louisiana were touched by a recent tragedy in Claiborne Parish.  At approximately 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, a fatal auto accident resulted in two deaths and serious injuries to another. As is often determined a causal factor in fatal collisions, this one was reportedly caused by a driver who had veered out of his lane.

Both vehicles were carrying members of the local sports community. Behind the wheel of one car was a high school girls' basketball coach. His car was hit by a vehicle that had suddenly come across the yellow line. Two Summerfield High School basketball players were in the car at the time.

Remaining quiet doesn't let police know you want to remain silent

If Baton Rouge police suspect you of a crime, you may decide not to speak to them about it. After all, you have the right to remain silent according to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Miranda Rights.

Yes, you do have that right, but what many people don't understand is that simply staying quiet is not enough to gain the protections of this Constitutional right.

Civil rights: Every worker has the right to work in peace

No matter what type of work you do in Louisiana, you can reasonably expect that your employer will make sure you have a peaceful working environment. That is not to say that some jobs are not naturally stressful but that your employer is legally obligated to make sure no one is violent or discriminates against you in the workplace. The U.S. Constitution protects your civil rights so that you do not have to suffer in a hostile atmosphere caused by discrimination.

If you've been treated unfairly in the workplace, you have a right to do something about it. Whether your situation involves bias against you because of your race, age or religious affiliation or you were fired after telling your boss you were pregnant, these issues and others may be grounds for legal recourse. It is helpful to speak with someone who is well-versed in civil rights issues as they relate to employment law.

Avoid family law stress when kids go back to school

If Louisiana parents divorce over summer, their children might encounter numerous challenges when they return to school. To avoid family law trouble, it is critical that parents be willing to work together for their children's sake. Child custody, visitation and child support issues will have hopefully been worked out long before the first day of school. It's wise to inform teachers of necessary details, such as who will pick up kids or which is the custodial versus non-custodial parent.

Parents will do well to meet with their kids ahead of time. With the whole family together, they can discuss any questions or concerns the kids might have. They can also explain what types of things to expect, such as situations where a teacher needs to call a parent and how to know which one to call.

Former model and famous realtor in family law dispute

There are many spouses in Louisiana who, for various reasons, will file for divorce before this year ends. In some of these family law situations, spouses may inform the court that they signed prenuptial agreements before marriage that entitle them to receive spousal support if they sever their marital ties. Sarah Mutch, a former Guess model, says she signed such an agreement before she married celebrity realtor, Kurt Rappapport.

Mutch says Rappaport agreed to provide $45,000 per month to provide for her financial needs if they divorce. The provisions would continue to an amount of time equal to half the duration of their marriage, which, in this case, is eight months. Mutch says she needs that money because she sacrificed a lucrative modeling career to support her husband's business endeavors and help him raise his three children.

Family law: Understanding the different types of child custody

There is no telling how many Louisiana marriages will end in divorce this year. Those who are parents may encounter family law issues that challenge their ability to leave the past behind and move on in life, especially if there is contention between co-parents. Understanding the different types of child custody ahead of time can help avoid legal complications regarding such matters.

One of the highest priorities in divorce proceedings involving children is deciding who will have custody. Custody, however, is not an isolated term; it refers to several types of child-related issues. For instance, regarding legal custody issues, the court will determine whether one parent or both will have decision-making authority regarding important issues that concern the children.

What does it mean to have the right to a 'fair trial?'

Regardless of what law enforcement officials accuse you of doing, the U.S. Constitution guarantees you certain rights. You may know about the right to remain silent, the fact that police cannot just search and/or seize your property without probable cause, and your right to an attorney.

You may have also heard that you have the right to a "fair trial," but what that means is not quite clear. If you face the prospect of leaving your fate up to a court of law, it may help to understand what this concept involves.

Auto accident takes life of former college football player

The college football community in Louisiana is mourning the loss of a former player. A sudden tragedy took his life at age 26. A former defensive back for the Ragin' Cajuns, Sean Thomas, suffered fatal injuries in a collision that involved two vehicles. 

The incident took place in St. James Parish. At this time, there appear to be more questions than answers regarding the exact cause of the accident, as well as the exact cause of the young man's death. Preliminary investigations prompted officials to say they do not believe impaired driving was a factor

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