Wednesday May 15
Enron: The real story behind Jeff Skilling's big sentence reduction
Last week brought reports of a deal to chop as much as a decade off the prison term of Jeff Skilling, the former Enron CEO and convicted fraudster.
Wednesday May 15
The Mississippi Press
Court dismisses lawsuit by Coast land owners who claim energy emission led indirectly to Katrina
A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a group of Mississippi coastal landowners who alleged that emissions by energy companies contributed to global warming, which intensified Hurricane Katrina, which, in turn, damaged their property.
Tue May 14, 2013
Court Cuts Down Award in Raytheon Age Discrimination Case
Middle-aged workers took a hit during the economic downturn, with many being laid off from long-held positions.
Mon May 13, 2013
Houston Policeman's Killer Set to Die Loses Appeal 5/13/13
The Associated Press 5/13/13 Houston- A federal appeals court has refused to stop the scheduled execution this week of a man convicted of killing a Houston police officer 14 years ago this week.
Fri May 10, 2013
Lawyers Weekly USA
ERISA plan could sue special needs trust
An ERISA plan could sue a special needs trust in order to obtain reimbursement for medical costs borne on behalf of a plan beneficiary injured in an automobile accident, the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in reversing judgment.
Thu May 09, 2013
Ex-N.O. cop appeals judge's refusal to set bond
A former New Orleans police officer has appealed a judge's refusal to free him on bond while he awaits a retrial on charges he shot and killed a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Wed May 08, 2013
Enron's Skilling could see 10-year sentence cut
Associated Press/David J. Phillip, File - FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2006, file photo former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling, left, leaves the federal courthouse with his attorney Daniel Petrocelli, right, after being sentenced to 292 months in federal prison.
Skilling's Reduced Sentence Won't Change White-Collar Prosecutions
After multiple rounds of appeals and years of litigation, the government came to an agreement today with Jeffrey Skilling, the former CEO of Enron, that will reduce his sentence by up to ten years.
Working Hard Or Hardly Working? The Definition Of "Rest"...
An often contentious issue in maritime litigation involving both personal injury and property damage is whether the wheelman in charge of a towing vessel that exceeds 26 violated the so-called "twelve-hour rule." According to 46 U.S.C. 8104 , "an individual licensed to operate a towing vessel may not work for more than 12 hours in a consecutive ... (more)
Agreement could reduce former Enron CEO's sentence by 10 years
A Houston judge will rule in June on whether to reduce convicted former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's sentence from 24 years to a period between 14 years and 17 and-a-half years.
Sun May 05, 2013
Graves named Trailblazer of the Decade
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Graves claps during the Mississippi Trailblazers awards ceremony Saturday night.
Sat May 04, 2013
Schlegel, King win judgeships in Jefferson, Orleans
Scott Schlegel, a former Jefferson Parish prosecutor, will be sitting on the 24th Judicial District bench after decisively defeating Hilary Landry for the seat left open when Judge Robert Murphy was elected last fall to the Louisiana 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Jefferson Parish's former top attorney loses law license for three years
Former Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson, right, arriving at federal court with his attorney, Ralph Whalen.
Fri May 03, 2013
Customer Interaction Solutions
Fred L. Banks, Jr., to Receive the 2013 American Inns of Court...
The Honorable Fred L. Banks, Jr., has been selected to receive the prestigious American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 5th Circuit.
Ninth Circuit Widens Circuit Split Over Application of State or...
In an important decision for private equity sponsors and other insiders who advance loans to their businesses, on April 30, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Fitness Holdings International confirmed that bankruptcy courts may recharacterize debt as equity, but held that recharacterization is determined by state law.
Lawyers Weekly USA
Aflac could arbitrate death benefits dispute
American Family Life Assurance Company could compel arbitration of state-law claims challenging the distribution of death benefits under an accident insurance policy, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in affirming a summary judgment.
Thu May 02, 2013
Howard Lyman Continues To Expose Mad Cow Incidence In US And Elsewhere
The Canadian Parliament has been investigating the fraud regarding US testing for Mad Cow.
New Entry in GA 10 - "To Save the American Dream"
Attorney and former adjunct law professor, Gary Gerrard announced today that he has officially entered the race to replace Paul Broun in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Georgia's 10th Congressional District.
Wed May 01, 2013
Renee Gill Pratt appeals her conspiracy conviction
TED JACKSON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Renee Gill Pratt leaves Federal Court leaves federal court with her attorney Michael Fawer Monday July 25, 2011.
Accounting Firm Sues Fifth Circuit for Takings of Fees
On March 3, 2013, Marcum LLP, a professional services firm that specializes in forensic accounting and financial litigation support services, filed a Fifth Amendment takings claim in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for the uncompensated taking of their business assets by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.