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INSURANCE

1.Signed UM waiver form that was back-filled and backdated is invalid.
Gray v. American National Prop. & Cas. Co., 07-CC-1670 (La. 2/26/08) [22 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Plaintiff William Gray, a school bus driver for the Beauregard Parish School Board, sustained personal injuries in a 2003 accident while he ... view full summary
CONTRACTS

2.Manufacturer of mobile home liable in redhibition for bad faith damages.
Aucoin v. Southern Quality Homes, 07-C-1014 (La. 2/26/08) [25 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Plaintiffs the Aucoins purchased a mobile home and land from Southern Quality Homes ("seller") in July, 2001 for $96,980.00. The mobile home... view full summary
3.For a suit to be on "open account," it is not necessary to have multiple transactions.
Frey Plumbing Co. v. Celeste Foster 07-CC-1091 (La. 2/26/08) [7 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Defendant Celeste Foster hired Frey Plumbing, Inc. ("Frey") to repair an underground pipe at her residence. Frey issued an invoice in the am... view full summary
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

4.Medical review panel opinion satisfies defendant's burden on summary judgment.
Samaha v. Rau, 07-C-1726 (La. 2/26/08) [18 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Plaintiff Samaha underwent thyroid surgery performed by defendant Dr. David J. Rau. Plaintiff filed a claim under the MMA, alleging that she... view full summary
TORTS

5.Lessor liable for nuisance caused by lessee's business.
Yokum v. 615 Bourbon Street, 07-C-1785 (La. 2/26/08) [29 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Plaintiffs reside at 723 Toulouse Street in New Orleans, in close proximity to 615-617 Bourbon Street ("the property"). The entity "615 Bour... view full summary
BAR / DISCIPLINARY / ETHICS

6.Ex parte contact with judge is unethical, even when reporting attorney misconduct.
In Re: Richard E. Lee, 07-B-2061 (La. 2/26/08) [12 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Respondent, attorney Richard E. Lee, served as a judge of the Pineville City Court for 8 years and of the 9th Judicial District Court for 11... view full summary
DOMESTIC RELATIONS

7.Res judicata construed with URESA and UIFSA.
v. John Melvin Watkins, 07-CJ-1487 (La. 2/26/08) [ pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          Defendant John Watkins was divorced from his wife Shirley in California in 1978, and ordered to pay child support of $160 per month. Defenda... view full summary
CRIMINAL

8.State need not identify the owner in order to charge a crime against property.
State v. Rance Dunbar, 07-K-0219 (La. 2/26/08) [8 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          The State appeals the reversal, on the ground of insufficient evidence, of defendant's conviction of unauthorized use of a movable. At 4:25 ... view full summary
9.Charge of aggravated flight is not double jeopardy with conviction for traffic offenses .
State v. DeJoshua L. Williams, 07-K-0931 (La. 2/26/08) [8 pp.]
From LSCR Volume 16, Issue 3
          The State seeks review of the court of appeal's granting of defendant's motion to quash the bill of information on the ground of double jeop... view full summary