Legal Updates

Legal Update – April 13, 2021

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 simply have not dealt with …

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Legal Update – April 5, 2021

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

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Legal Update – March 16, 2021

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 a juror is one of …

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Legal Update – March 1, 2021

Last week, Rail Labor achieved a significant favorable decision in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The case centered on the validity of the Federal Railroad Administration’s [“FRA”] regulations that would “cancel” or preempt state laws mandating a minimum of two person operating crews on freight trains.  The Court ruled that the FRA violated the Administrative Procedures Act when it did …

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Legal Update – February 11, 2021

On February 3, 2021, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a railroad worker appealing the denial of disability benefits by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board [“Board”].  In a 6-3 decision in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kavanaugh joined the more liberal Justices, the Court held that when the Board refuses to re-open a previous benefits determination, …

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Legal Update – February 2, 2021

Davis, Saunders & Miller is pleased to announce that our attorneys, Benjamin Saunders and Joseph Miller, have been voted “Best Lawyers” in the field of Railroad Law in this month’s February 2021 issue of BIZ New Orleans Magazine.  Congratulations to Ben and Joe!   https://www.bizneworleans.com/2021-best-lawyers/

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Legal Update – January 29, 2021

Practice Point:  One of the most difficult decisions our injured railroad clients must make is the decision to settle their case or take it to trial.  There are dozens of factors that weigh on this decision, but there is one factor worth addressing that one of our clients and DSM was recently forced to grapple with.   Until 2019, if …

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Legal Update – January 6, 2021

Practice Point:  First off, Davis, Saunders & Miller Law Firm wishes everyone a Happy New Year!  At DSM, we see that railroad companies sometimes do not train its managers properly about the rights of its own employees.  Just this week, DSM saw where a railroad worker was injured at work, and, while the worker was at the doctor’s office in …

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