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FEMA sued after man falls through floor of FEMA trailer

The Louisiana Record is reporting a New Orleans resident is suing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after falling through the floor of his trailer. Salvadore Battaglia filed suit on Nov. 15 in federal court in New Orleans. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred on June 28, 2007 when Battaglia was walking in his trailer and the floor unexpectedly collapsed causing Battaglia to fall and sustain serious injuries. You can read the full article here: http://www.louisianarecord.com/news/231570-fema-sued-after-man-falls-through-floor-of-trailer Read more

Panel: BP ignored warning signs on Gulf oil well

A 28-page interim report by the National Academy of Engineering said several failures in the monitoring of the Macondo well contributed to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The panel found that BP and its contractors, in ignoring several warning signs, showed "insufficient consideration of risk and a lack of operating discipline" that helped cause the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read the full article here on USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/11/technical-experts-bp-oil-spill/1 Read more

Louisiana joins lawsuit against mortgage companies

Buddy Caldwell, Louisiana's Attorney General, announced his office will join attorney general's from all 50 states to examine whether the three largest mortgage companies - Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and GMAC  - made false statements or prepared foreclosure documents improperly WWL is reporting. The article quotes Attorney General Caldwell: “This issue affects peoples’ homes as well as the economy.  This probe will be thorough, expeditious, and fair to both homeowners and lenders.” Here is a link to the article: http://www.wwltv.com/news/La-joins-nationwide-lawsuit-against--104873774.html Read more

Judge in New Orleans will hear Gulf Oil Spill Cases

The Irpino Law Firm is very excited Judge Carl J. Barbier of New Orleans will be handling the federal lawsuits filed over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  This is an important step to helping rebuild the lives and communities devastated by this disaster. The five-page opinion said, “Without discounting the spill’s effects on other states, if there is a geographic and psychological ‘center of gravity’ in this docket, then the Eastern District of Louisiana is closest to it.” The Irpino Law Firm is actively working on behalf of the victims of the oil spill.  Please contact Anthony Irpino at 504.525.1500 with any questions. Here is a link to the New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/us/11liability.... Read more