At the annual May 2023 convention for the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, our partner, Joseph Miller, was elected and elevated to the position of Vice President of the organization. Joe looks forward to continuing his leadership role in the organization to promote and advocate for railroad safety and railroad workers’ rights. Congratulations, Joe!
Congratulations to our client, Maurice Landry, on his June 2022 Federal Employer’s Liability Act trial victory in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Landry’s case was highlighted on page 19 of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association’s “The Advocate.”
On February 23, 2022, the Hon. Judge Sarah S. Vance of the U.S. District Court in New Orleans denied the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad’s effort to eliminate absolute liability claims brought by our client, Richard Cordes, who was injured while carrying out his duties as a railroad carman.
Yesterday, the U.S. Coast Guard began its hearing into the capsizing of the Seacor Power lift boat that occurred on April 18, 2021 south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The hearing is expected to last two weeks ending on August 13, 2021. The Coast Guard will then report its findings, which could take months. The hearing,
Congratulations to National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt on his well-earned retirement from government service. “The NTSB’s role is extremely important: by conducting thorough investigations, our work helps prevent accidents and crashes, reduces injuries, and saves lives,” said Sumwalt. “I’ve been honored to be part of this great agency and to have served with
The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) issued an alert adding Railroad Worker Safety to its Top -10 list of Most Wanted Improvements. The NTSB’s focus on Railroad Worker Safety follows on the heels of Union Pacific and CSXT executives’ comments that worker safety “is not a problem.” https://www.bmwe.org/secondary.aspx?id=535
Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its Preliminary Report on the fatal Seacor Power capsizing on April 13, 2021 near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. According to the NTSB: “Investigators learned that at about 3:30 p.m., as the Seacor Power transited the open waters of the Gulf, a squall passed over the liftboat. With visibility dropping and winds increasing
Practice Point: Early on, after one of our prospective clients has been injured, it is commonplace for them to ask us at the consultation meeting: “Do I really need a lawyer right now?” It’s a reasonable question, especially considering that the client may be unfamiliar with the laws that apply to the claim, if they
Founding partner of Davis, Saunders & Miller Law Firm, Ben Saunders, was interviewed this month by New Orleans Biz Magazine regarding the status of the courts reopening. To view Ben’s comments on the effect the pandemic has had on the courts, see page 26 of Biz Magazine: https://issuu.com/renaissancepublishing/docs/biz_april_new?fr=sNGZjNzIzNzExMjI
The gears of the Justice System in Louisiana are spinning back to life. On March 12, 2021, the Louisiana Supreme Court entered an Order that the moratorium on jury trials will expire on March 31, 2021. “It is imperative that members of the public feel safe in returning to our courthouses for jury duty. Serving as