Louisiana Supreme Court Decisions 2020

Louisiana v. Johnson  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-02004

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Tyrone Johnson pled guilty as charged to distribution of methamphetamine, for which he received a 23 year sentence of imprisonment at hard labor in exchange for the State promising not to file a habitual offend...

IN RE: JAYMESKI PULLINS-GORHAM
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00692
IN RE: JOSLYN RENEE ALEX
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00916
Hankton v. Louisiana  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-C-00462

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Sherome Hankton, an officer with the New Orleans Police Department, filed this personal injury suit for damages resulting from an attack upon her by a prisoner, Conrad Jackson, while Officer Hankton was guardin...

Rismiller v. Gemini Insurance Co.  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00313

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Gemini Insurance Company appealed a district court's holding La. C.C. arts. 2315.1, 2315.2 and 199 were “unconstitutional as applied to children given in adoption” and overruling the defendants’ peremptory exce...

Louisiana v. Sewell  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-KK-00300

Justia Opinion Summary: Ronald Sewell, a 20-year-old Jamaican national, pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree robbery and pleaded guilty as charged to possession of a stolen firearm. The district court sentenced him to serve three years...

Louisiana v. Covington  
Date: December 11, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-KK-00447

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, Michael Mitchell, Chief Indigent Defender for the Office of Public Defender for East Baton Rouge Parish, filed a “Motion to Withdraw from Current Appointments and to Decline Future Appointments” in...

Ewing v. Westport Ins. Co., et al.  
Date: November 19, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-C-00339

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted this writ application to determine whether “collectibility” was a relevant consideration in a legal malpractice action. Specifically, the issue presented was whether plaintiff’s damage...

In re: Justice of the Peace Cody King, Ward 6, Morehouse Parish  
Date: November 19, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-O-01069

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judiciary Commission of Louisiana filed a disciplinary proceeding against respondent, Justice of the Peace Cody King on one count that alleged respondent violated Canons 1, 2, 2A, 3A(1), 3A(7), and 3B(1) of the Code...

Louisiana v. Stockstill  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-01235

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Margaret Stockstill killed Cody Couch during an alcohol-fueled argument and physical fight in the home of Kristin Copeland on April 14, 2017, in Folsom, Louisiana. Couch and Copeland had a five-month-old daught...

Louisiana v. Revish  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-01732

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Nicholas Revish was found guilty of the second degree murder of Latrell Davis and the attempted second degree murder of Jamond Rougeau. All three were in Rougeau’s parked vehicle on March 26, 2012, in Baton Rou...

IN RE: SHANE E. ROMERO
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00387
D90 Energy, LLC v. Jefferson Davis Parish Board of Review  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-C-00200

Justia Opinion Summary: This dispute involved ad valorem taxes for the tax years 2013 through 2016. In October 2012, D90 Energy, LLC, purchased two gas wells and one saltwater disposal well. The wells were subject to ad valorem property taxatio...

Meiners v. St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection Dist. No. 4 et al.  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-CC-00491

Justia Opinion Summary: Frederick Meiners, III was employed as Assistant Fire Chief with the St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 4 (“District”). In early 2016, Meiners agreed to retrieve a repaired ambulance unit from Hattiesburg, b...

Louisiana v. Hill  
Date: October 20, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-KA-00323

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2017, Louisiana filed a bill of information charging defendant, Tazin Ardell Hill, with altering an official identification card to conceal his designation as a registered sex offender. The issue this case presented f...

IN RE: CANDACE POUSSON HOWAY
Date: October 6, 2020
Docket Number: 2020-B-00117
STATE OF LOUISIANA VS. ISAIAH DOYLE
Date: September 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2015-KA-01592
Louisiana v. Quinn  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-00647

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, fishermen in Cocodrie, Louisiana noticed a large Rubbermaid tote floating near a dock. The next day, they called the police after they spotted clothing and a human arm sticking out of it. Inside the tote, police...

Lousiana v. Bartie  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-01727

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, defendant Dennis Bartie stabbed his former girlfriend more than 20 times in front of eyewitnesses in Baton Rouge and then stole her friend’s car, which he drove to Lake Charles and abandoned. He was found guilty...

Louisiana v. Kennon  
Date: September 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KO-00998

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Keddrick Kennon was convicted by jury of distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine. The district court sentenced defendant to serve two terms of imprisonment at hard labor: 30 years and five years, to r...

Louisiana v. Harris  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-KH-01012

Justia Opinion Summary: Derrick Harris was serving a life sentence pursuant to Louisiana's Habitual Offender law. The issue presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court's review centered on whether Harris could claim ineffective assistance of coun...

DePhillips v. Hospital Service Dist. No. 1 of Tangipahoa Parish d/b/a North Oaks Medical Center et al.  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-01496

Justia Opinion Summary: This matter arose from alleged violations of the Health Care Consumer Billing and Disclosure Protection Act (“Balance Billing Act” or “Act”). The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari review to resolve the question...

Louisiana v. Ricard  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KH-00073

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Robert Ricard, Jr. was indicted on two counts of the aggravated rape of his niece, K.M., then aged 12. Defendant regularly babysat K.M. and her siblings in exchange for lodging in the home of his sister’s famil...

Louisiana v. Michael  
Date: July 9, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-01273

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2016, defendant Jason Michael drove his truck into a smaller vehicle on Louisiana Highway 44 in Ascension Parish and then fled the scene of the accident. He was found by police a few miles away. His vehicle was h...

In re: Grand Jury Subpoena  
Date: May 28, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-00962

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2018, the target of a grand jury investigation was charged by Bill of Information with one count of molestation of a juvenile, a violation of La. R.S. 14:81.2, arising from an incident in 2003 in which he allegedly mo...

Donelon v. Shilling  
Date: April 27, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00514

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted review in this case to determine whether the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance was bound by an arbitration clause in an agreement between a health insurance cooperative and a third-p...

IN RE: CALEB KENT AGUILLARD
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2017-B-02155
IN RE: GEORGE A. FLOURNOY
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-B-01479
Stevenson v. Progressive Security Insurance Co.  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00637

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs Jacob and his minor son Logan, claimed they were injured in an automobile accident on December 13, 2016. On December 13, 2017, plaintiffs’ counsel prepared a petition for damages and attempted to fax file the...

Kirt v. Metzinger  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-01162

Justia Opinion Summary: Elaine Kirt died in 2010, due to complications that developed shortly after undergoing eye surgery. On September 23, 2011, her son, Neville Kirt, appearing in person and on behalf of his deceased mother and his two broth...

Blair v. Coney  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-CC-00795

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, plaintiff George Blair filed a petition for damages in which he alleged that a 2011 Ford Escape driven by Lori Brewer struck his 2008 Honda Civic in 2013. According to Plaintiff, at the time of the collision he...

Louisiana v. Williams  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-00490

Justia Opinion Summary: On March 25, 2013, the 18-year-old defendant Clifford Williams shot and killed 15-year-old Ralphmon Green in the 2100 block of Allen Street in New Orleans. The victim was struck by bullets four times and defendant contin...

Louisiana in the interest of D.T.  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KA-01445

Justia Opinion Summary: Louisiana charged D.T. with aggravated battery committed with a firearm, and sought to divest the juvenile court of jurisdiction and to prosecute D.T. as an adult pursuant to Louisiana Children’s Code Article 305(B)(2)(j...

Louisiana v. King  
Date: April 3, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-01332

Justia Opinion Summary: Officers placed defendant Tre King in handcuffs during a traffic stop after they smelled marijuana in the vehicle and determined that he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. They advised him of his rights pursuant to...

Texas Brine Co., LLC v. Naquin  
Date: January 31, 2020
Docket Numbers: 2019-OC-01503, NO. 2019-OC-1508

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated actions, the common issue presented for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s review centered on whether a writ of mandamus should issue to the clerk of an appellate court for the purpose of directing the clerk t...

Louisiana v. Holliday  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2017-KA-01921

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, a grand jury indicated defendant Dacarius Holliday for the first-degree murder of two-year-old Darian Coon. In 2010, a unanimous jury found defendant guilty as charged. In March 2010, the jury unanimously determ...

Joseph v. Huntington Ingalls Inc. et al.  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2018-CC-02061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine the preclusive effect of a written compromise agreement. The agreement was executed by a tort victim in settlement of an action for damages resulting from occup...

IN RE: DONALD R. DOBBINS
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-B-01346
IN RE: DAVID GARDNER DEBLIEUX
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-B-01515
Crooks v. Dept. of Natural Res.  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00160

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1962, the United States began constructing various structures in and around the Catahoula Basin pursuant to a congressionally-approved navigation project under the River and Harbor Act of 1960 to promote navigation on...

Normand v. Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00263

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether the lower courts correctly ruled an online marketplace was obligated as a "dealer" under La. R.S. 47:301(4)(l) and/or by contract to collect sales tax o...

Thomas v. Regional Health System of Acadiana, LLC  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00507

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted writs in consolidated matters to consider whether allegations of negligent credentialing against two healthcare providers were claims that fell within the purview of Louisiana’s Medica...

Luv N' Care, Ltd. v. Jackel International Limited  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-C-00749

Justia Opinion Summary: Luv N’ Care, Ltd. (“LNC”), a Louisiana corporation, filed suit against Jackel International Limited (a corporation established under the laws of England and Wales, having its principal place of business in England) and o...

Caldwell v. St. Charles Gaming Co d/b/a Isle of Capri Casino-Lake Charles  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-CC-01238

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was employed by defendant Grand Palais Riverboat L.L.C. as a technician on the Grand Palais riverboat casino, and was injured when the gangway attached to the boat malfunctioned and collapsed. Plaintiff filed a...

Louisiana v. Mayeux  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-K-00369

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted review of whether the State’s circumstantial case against defendant Charles Mayeux was sufficient to support his conviction for second degree murder. In the early morning hours of Marc...

Louisiana v. Alexander  
Date: January 29, 2020
Docket Number: 2019-KK-00645

Justia Opinion Summary: The Louisiana Supreme Court granted certiorari in this case to determine whether the court of appeal erred in reversing the district court judgment that granted defendant Donovan Alexander's motion to suppress an uncouns...

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