Louisiana Supreme Court Decisions 2020

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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