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OSHA Cites Companies in Deadly New Orleans Hotel Collapse

A federal agency has issued citations against a dozen companies in connection with last fall’s deadly partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans. They include an engineering firm charged with a “willful” violation involving the design and …

Appellate Court Revives Lawsuit Against National Claims Negotiators

A decision by a Texas appellate court last week breathed new life into litigation against a public adjuster that is accused of conspiring with a roofing contractor and attorneys to scam homeowners by charging exorbitant and unnecessary fees. The 5th …

City, Developer Clash Over Demolition Of Collapsed Hotel

NEW ORLEANS — Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, remain in limbo as the city and developers disagree over how to safely bring down the structure. The hotel developer, 1031 Canal …

Tornado Tears Through Arkansas College Town, With Six Hurt

JONESBORO, Ark. — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor …

Louisiana Flood Victims Owed Over $300 Million Sue State

BATON ROUGE, La. — A group of Louisiana flood victims who have been owed over $300 million for the past decade have filed a lawsuit against the state for failure to pay. The Advocate reports that Tangipahoa Parish home and …

Tugboat’s Collision With I-310 Bridge May Have Been 2nd Crash This Year

LULING, La. — A tugboat leading a train of barges of grain crashed into a Louisiana bridge, causing two of the barges to sink in the Mississippi River. The tugboat, identified as Cooperative Spirit, collided with the Luling Bridge early …

Restaurant Asks Court to Declare Coronavirus Shutdown Covered By Insurance Policy

A restaurant in the heart of the New Orleans tourism district filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a state judge to declare that its business-interruption policy will cover its damages if it is ordered to close by civil authorities in …

Texas Prosecutors Accuse Arkema, Executives of Failures Over Chemical Fire

Opening statements began on Thursday in criminal charges against the U.S. arm of a French company and three executives over chemical fires that burned for days and injured emergency workers called to the site. The Arkema SA plant outside of …

2nd Person in Days Killed by Mardi Gras Float in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — A man was struck and killed by a Mardi Gras float during a raucous weekend street parade in New Orleans, becoming the second person in days killed along a parade route during this year’s Carnival season, authorities …

Lloyd’s May Proceed With Defect Claim Against Manufacturer for Oil Rig Blowout

A federal appellate court revived products liability claims filed by an offshore oil rig operator and its insurer against the manufacturer of a blowout prevention device that failed to prevent a catastrophic blowout that caused $70 million in damages. The …

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