Louisiana Supreme Court Decisions 2018

Louisiana v. Turner  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KA-1841

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lee Turner, Jr. was indicted by a grand jury for the first degree murders of Edward Gurtner, III and Randy Chaney, committed while engaged in the perpetration of armed robbery. Following the close of evidence,...

Louisiana v. Wilson  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-K-0908

Justia Opinion Summary: The sheriff discovered two bodies burned beyond recognition from a residential fire. The victims were later identified as the occupants, Donald Wayne Demille Williams (“Demille”) and Kimberly Sims. Autopsies revealed bot...

IN RE: MICHAEL SEAN REID
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-B-0849
IN RE: GREGORY COOK
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-B-1076
IN RE: SALVADOR R. PERRICONE
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-B-1233
Webb v. Webb  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-C-0320

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was a post-divorce community property partition. The former husband, Daniel Webb, filed a claim for reimbursement and for the classification of a promissory note of $250,000 as a community obligatio...

Smith v. Robinson  
Date: December 5, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-CA-0728

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Ivan Smith, Jr. and Gloria G. Smith (collectively “Taxpayers”), were Louisiana residents and part owners of several limited liability companies (“LLC”) and Subchapter S corporations (“S corporation”) that tran...

IN RE: PAUL E. BROWN
Date: September 18, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-1930
LYDIA DEGUEYTER v. FIRST AMERICAN TITLE COMPANY
Date: September 18, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-2163
Louisiana v. Horn  
Date: September 7, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KA-0559

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Brian Horn was indicted by a grand jury for the first-degree murder of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom. Following the close of evidence at trial, a jury unanimously found defendant guilty as charged and, at the concl...

City of New Orleans v. Clark  
Date: September 7, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-KK-1453

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, Lawrence Clark was issued a citation for displaying his art for sale on neutral ground at Decatur Street and Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, in violation of New Orleans Municipal Code. Clark moved to quash th...

Louisiana v. Curley  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KP-1708

Justia Opinion Summary: This case presented a question of whether the defendant was deprived of effective assistance of counsel where trial counsel failed to investigate and present a cogent defense of “battered woman’s syndrome” (“BWS”), inclu...

Burchfield v. Wright  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1488

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant surgeon ordered pre-operative tests including a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram (“EKG”) before performing non-emergency gallbladder surgery on the plaintiff. However, defendant did not review the resul...

Gloria's Ranch, LLC. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1518

Justia Opinion Summary: A landowner brought suit against several mineral lessees for breach of the obligations of the mineral lease. The mortgagee of one of the lessees was also named as a defendant. The lower courts held all lessees and the mo...

Montgomery v. St. Tammany Parish Government  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari review of this case to determine whether the lower courts erred in finding that the St. Tammany Parish District Attorney was not legally obligated and entitled to serve as “...

Eaglin v. Eunice Police Dept.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1875

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 4, 2015, the Eunice Police Department arrested Marlon Eaglin, Paul Powell, and two others and charged them with second degree murder. Eaglin and Powell remained imprisoned until their release on August 21, 2015. O...

Forvendel v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-2074

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Brandon Forvendel was injured in a multi-vehicle accident in 2013. At the time of the accident, plaintiff was driving a Chevrolet Equinox owned by him and insured under a policy issued by State Farm Mutual Auto...

Maggio v. Parker  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-CC-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kerry Maggio was injured in an automobile accident when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by James Parker, an employee of The Sandwich Kings, LLC d/b/a Jimmy Johns (“Sandwich Kings”). The vehicle ope...

In re: L.M.M., JR.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-CJ-1988

Justia Opinion Summary: The biological mother of a child placed under guardianship with the child’s paternal great-aunt filed a petition to terminate that guardianship and to regain custody of the child. Following a three-day trial, the distric...

Louisiana v. Price  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-K-0520

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted with five counts of second degree kidnapping and three counts of second degree murder. The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari review in this case to determine whether guilty of simple kidna...

Jackson v. Family Dollar Stores of Louisiana, Inc.  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-C-0170

Justia Opinion Summary: In this workers’ compensation case, the issue presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s review centered on whether the employer’s appeal, taken with devolutive appeal delays but outside of the suspensive appeal delays,...

KEVIN COOLIDGE v. AUSTIN BUTLER, DBA AUSTIN'S AUTO SALVAGE
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-C-0313
Beer Industry League of Louisiana v. City of New Orleans  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 2018-CA-0280

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the issue presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s review centered on whether a City of New Orleans ordinance levying a gallonage tax based on volume upon dealers who handle high alcoholic content bevera...

Louisiana v. Jackson  
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KP-1100

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Leroy Jackson was found guilty of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery based solely on his identification by the two victims, Adrian Maldonado and Wilson Vargas, and an eyewitness to the crim...

IN RE: DEBRA L. CASSIBRY
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-2045
IN RE: LIONEL LON BURNS
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-2153
Succession of Charles George Harlan  
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1132

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was whether a revocation clause, contained within a notarial testament that was found to be void for failure to include an attestation clause, could be valid as an authentic act and thereby revoke...

Board of Ethics in the Matter of Jordan Monsour & Walter Monsour  
Date: May 1, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-1274

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board of Ethics (“Board”) filed formal charges against respondents, Walter Monsour and Jordan Monsour. Respondents filed separate motions for summary judgment with the Ethics Adjudicatory Board (“EAB”), seeking dismi...

THREE RIVERS COMMONS CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION v. DONNA GRODNER, ET AL.
Date: April 2, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-0974
Louisiana v. Lacaze  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KP-0234

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Supreme Court remanded this case back to the Louisiana Supreme Court, vacating the Louisiana Court’s decision relating to defendant Rogers Lacaze’s petition for post-conviction relief. On remand, the Lo...

Louisiana v. Quinn  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KP-1285

Justia Opinion Summary: After the jury could not reach a verdict in relator Landon Quinn’s first trial, the jury in relator’s second trial found him guilty of two counts of second degree murder in connection with the 2009 shooting deaths of Mat...

IN RE: LAETITIA BLACK
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-1546
Iberville Parish Sch. Bd. v. Louisiana Board of Elementary & Secondary Education  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-0257

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s review centered on whether the Court of Appeal erred in declaring unconstitutional certain provisions of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 55 of 2014, which...

Williams v. Opportunity Homes Limited Partnership  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-0955

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in consolidated cases was the correctness of administrative decisions issued by the Louisiana Tax Commission (“Commission”) on review of the valuations, for the 2014 and 2015 tax years, by the Orleans Parish Tax...

State of Louisiana in the interest of R.M.  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-CK-0281

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the state filed a petition alleging that R.M. committed the felony-grade delinquent act of possession with intent to distribute a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance when he was 15 years old. R.M. appeare...

In re: Justice of the Peace Jeff Sachse, Ward 1, Livingston Parish  
Date: March 13, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-O-2008

Justia Opinion Summary: This disciplinary proceeding was instituted by the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana (“Commission”) against respondent, Justice of the Peace Jeff Sachse, Ward 1, Livingston Parish. The matter arose out of an anonymous co...

IN RE: HAROLD D. REGISTER
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-1547
STATE OF LOUISIANA v. DANNY P. BATTAGLIA
Date: February 14, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-KK-1451
Louisiana v. Jones  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-K-1502

Justia Opinion Summary: Codefendants Darryl Jones, Cecil Beals, and Calvin Williams were indicted, tried together, and found guilty of the second degree murder of their associate Gerald Wilkins. The evidence presented at trial established that...

Louisiana v. Broussard  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-K-1836

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Larry Broussard, Jr. was convicted of aggravated flight from an officer. During voir dire, defense counsel challenged, pursuant to Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79, the state’s use of a backstrike against an Afr...

Louisiana ex rel. John Esteen v. Louisiana  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2016-KH-0949

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator John Esteen, along with 22 others, was charged with several drug and racketeering offenses committed in 1998 and 1999. Relator was ultimately found guilty of two counts of possession of cocaine over 400 grams, co...

IN RE: JOSEPH G. PASTOREK, II
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-B-1473
St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal Dist. v. Violet Dock Port, Inc.  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-C-0434

Justia Opinion Summary: Although the Louisiana Constitution generally restricts the government from expropriating private property, it provides broad exceptions for public port authorities. The Constitution provides that the government can expr...

Carver v. Louisiana Dept. of Pub. Safety  
Date: January 30, 2018
Docket Number: 2017-CA-1340

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s review centered on the constitutionality of La. R.S. 32:667, particularly paragraphs La. R.S. 32:667 (H)(3) and (I)(1)(a). Plaintiff David Carver was arrest...

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