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Volkswagen Vehicle Defect

Galante & Bivalacqua, LLC attorneys are investigating cases in both state and federal courts involving Volkswagen cars with emission systems designed to defraud regulators.

On Sept. 23, 2015, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn took responsibility for the defeat devices called out by the EPA for cheating vehicle emission tests and resigned.

 

 

 

In his official statement posted on the VW website, Dr. Winterkorn stated, “Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group.” The automaker’s supervisory board is expected to discuss potential successors to Winterkorn in Read More

Growing number of Xarelto Lawsuits as trial moves forward

 

Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals developed Xarelto in 2011 as a new generation of blood thinners. It was the second in a new generation of anticoagulants that had been released as a superior replacement for Coumadin, which has been the “gold standard” drug for prevention of blood clots and strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation.

 

Interestingly, litigation against the manufacturer of a similar drug, Pradaxa, was settled in May 2014 for $680 million to resolve about 4,000 bleeding claims.  The Institute for Safe Medication Practices issued a report in 2013, Read More

New Orleans Property Auctions gearing up to fight blight

In early March the city of New Orleans listed 1700 tax-adjudicated properties online to be auctioned off in July. With a deposit of $650.00 and a minimum bit of $3000.00 you could be well on your way to owning land. Aside from new landowners, New Orleans will greatly benefit if the auction is successful. The New Orleans property auction would provide some of the city’s most unsightly blighted properties and neighborhoods with a well needed investment.

Understanding tax-adjudicated properties

When a property owner Read More

Louisiana LLC Owners: Don’t Make Yourself Vulnerable to Personal Liability

Whether you are just starting a new venture or growing your business beyond a sole proprietorship, you will inevitably reach a point where you want to ensure that your personal assets will not be vulnerable in the event that lawsuits or other liabilities confront your business. In the world of small business, there are two clear vehicles to accomplish that goal: a limited liability company (LLC) or an S-corporation (often shortened to S-corp).
Both LLCs and S-corps do what sole proprietorships do not, and that is remove your personal assets Read More

The False Claims Act: Protection and Compensation for Whistleblowers

Private companies have been doing business with the federal government since the beginning of the Republic. More and more services that used to be performed by the government are being farmed out to contractors, and the size of contracts can be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Sadly, however, for as long as there have been government contracts, there has been fraud against the government.

Given the importance of rooting out such fraud, the federal government relies in part on individuals outside the government to put them on notice of Read More

New Orleans Property Owners: City Stepping Up Activity and Fines Under New Code Enforcement Ordinance

As recently reported in the Uptown Messenger, New Orleans officials have levied a whopping $30,000 in fines against an Uptown property owner and landlord for code violations at 18 rental properties. This should be a wake-up call for property owners throughout New Orleans who may soon face their own legal battles if they don’t adequately maintain their occupied properties.
In 2013, the City Council passed sweeping code enforcement changes that placed stricter property maintenance standards on buildings and allowed the city to levy significant fines on owners who fail to Read More

Mesothelioma in Louisiana: A Sad and Ongoing Story of Asbestos Claims

As all of us who love this city know, New Orleans is one of the most unique places in the world in a state and region that is rich with culture and tradition.  Sadly, however, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast also have a lengthy and complicated history with asbestos that has cost thousands of people their lives due to mesothelioma and which continues to cause devastating illnesses throughout the region.

 
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in plentiful quantities all over the world. Because asbestos was cheap, durable, Read More

Alternative Dispute Resolution For Louisiana Business Conflicts: An Introduction

If you have a business, you will have business disputes. Whether it be with a supplier, vendor, contractor, customer, or competitor, disagreements over rights and obligations will inevitably arise, even with a well drafted contract. How these disputes are resolved can impact ongoing business relationships as well as your bottom line.
Business owners who are looking to salvage relationships, minimize expenses, and maintain a greater degree of control and confidentiality during such conflicts often find that the courthouse may not be the best forum for accomplishing these goals. Instead, arbitration Read More

Injured Oil Rig Workers and the Jones Act

Anyone who has worked on a Gulf oil rig or has a loved one working on one knows that there are any number of ways that things can go wrong and lead to serious injuries. Defective drilling rigs, wellheads, and other machinery; improperly designed or installed safety features; gas leaks; structural damage to the rig; and hazardous weather conditions are just a few of issues that potentially confront oil rig workers on a daily basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when compared to all U.S. Read More