Dear Agriculture Street Landfill Clients,
Please note that after 20 years of serving as your Lead Counsel, I have scaled back my law practice and I am in the process of retiring from the practice of law. I will continue to work on the Agriculture Street Landfill Case because I am committed to completing this litigation for your community. However, I am no longer operating a full scale law office, and I will no longer be the attorney for you to contact with changes of address and request for updates regarding the status of this litigation. I will continue to operate this website to provide you with updates regarding the litigation. Please contact Attorney Robin Myers of the Murray Law Firm with updates regarding your current contact information such as your address and telephone number. Ms. Myers can be reached at 504-525-8100.
As a reminder, there are four other attorneys working on this case other than Suzette Bagneris of The Bagneris Firm, L.L.C. If you cannot reach us, please contact the other attorneys working on this case, i.e. Joseph Bruno [504-525-1335]; Linda Harang [504-483-3400]; Stephen B. Murray [504-525-8100]; and George Roux [504-568-1112].
Note: There is no money to distribute to Class Members at this time.
November 21, 2013
Resignation of Judge Nadine Ramsey
Judge Nadine Ramsey has resigned from her service as an Ad Hoc Judge in this case in order to run for City Council, Division "C". We thank Judge Ramsey for her years of service presiding over this matter as a Civil District Court Judge and an Ad Hoc Judge. The case has been allotted to Civil District Court Judge Tiffany Chase, Division "A" for handling. In the near future, Judge Chase will hold a status conference with the attorneys to discuss the future of this matter. I am actually encouraged by this development because Judge Chase has experience in moving class actions to conclusion in an expedited manner. Until we meet with Judge Chase, I really cannot tell any of you what the next step will be in this case. However, I can tell you that absent a settlement with all defendants, each class member will have to present their claim to Judge Chase in a trial setting.
Prior to resigning her position, Judge Ramsey entered an extensive Judgment with Reasons for Judgment in favor of the Flight I trial plaintiffs. I have not posted the Judgment because there are changes that must be made to it. When the attorneys meet with Judge Chase, the changes will be finalized. After that time, I will post the Judgment on this website.
Insurance Limits Trials Continued:
The judge trial to determine the aggregate limits of U.S. Fire insurance policy in favor of HANO has been continued without a new date set.
Republic Insurance Company Is Out of the Case:
Pursuant to the decision of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Judge Ramsey granted Republic's motion to deposit $2.2 million dollars into the registry of the Court to satisfy its obligations to the Class in exchange for a full dismissal of the claims against it.
Consent Judgment by the OPSB:
The OPSB entered into a Consent Judgment regarding all of the claims for Moton Students and Moton Employees that were supposed to go to trial in August 2011. At this time, Class Counsel and the OPSB's attorney are working on a Consent Judgment to resolve ALL MOTON CLAIMS. We hope to accomplish this task within the next two months. Once the Consent Judgment is filed, then the claims will be placed in line for payment by the OPSB. It may take years for them to pay ALL Moton related claims. For example, the OPSB still has not paid the Judgment that Judge Ramsey ordered it to pay in 2006.
Tender of Funds Into Registry of the Court by LIGA:
One of HANO's insurance companies (Southern American Insurance Company) declared bankruptcy a long time ago. The Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA) stepped in to handle claims made against it. On June 16, 2011, Judge Irons granted LIGA permision to deposit the funds remaining on Southern American Insurance Company's policy for HANO into the registry of the Clerk of Court. To be clear, this is not a settlement or compromise. The Plaintiffs' attorneys do not have possession of these funds. It is highly unlikely that these funds will be disbursed at any time in the near future. However, this is a way for LIGA to tender the maximum amount of money that it would be held liable to pay and to get dismissed from participating in future litigation.
All ASL Property Owners
Do not stop paying your property taxes on ASL related property. ASL properties are being sold at auctions by the City for failing to pay taxes.
When will claims be paid?
Prior to any money being distributed to class members, notice of settlements will be published and the Court will hold a fairness hearing to determine the fairness and adequacy of any settlements.