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 2006 News Releases

News Release #009

 

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE # 009

FROM: CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA


The Opinions handed down on the 22nd day of February, 2006, are as follows:

BY VICTORY, J.:

2005-C -0131       LOUISIANA ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS, INC. v. LOUISIANA DEPARTMENTOF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY, LOUISIANA AGRICULTURAL FINANCE AUTHORITY, AND BOB ODOM, COMMISSIONER (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
For the reasons stated herein, the judgments of the lower courts are affirmed.
AFFIRMED.

JOHNSON, J., concurs.



2005-C -0489       HAMP'S CONSTRUCTION, L.L.C. v. THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS (Parish of Orleans)

Judge Fred Sexton, sitting ad hoc for Johnson, J., recused.

For the reasons stated herein, the judgment of the court of appeal is affirmed.
AFFIRMED.

KNOLL, J., additionally concurs with reasons.



2005-C -0756       DELTON COUTEE v. GLOBAL MARINE DRILLING COMPANY (Parish of Lafayette)
For the reasons stated herein, the judgment of the court of appeal is reversed and the judgment of the trial court is reinstated.
REVERSED.




BY TRAYLOR, J.:

2005-K -0226       STATE OF LOUISIANA v. DANIEL J. JONES (Parish of St. Tammany)
(Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Fourth Offense)
Case remanded to the Court of Appeal, First Circuit, for the reasons assigned in this opinion.
CASE REMANDED TO COURT OF APPEAL

WEIMER, J., concurs and assigns reasons.



2005-C -0973       MARLEEN G. SIVERD, WIFE OF/AND KEITH C. SIVERD v. PERMANENT GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY, THE ESTATE OF JUSTIN W. FAUST, BOH BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION CO., L.L.C., HOWARD BRADLEY, FIW DEMOLITION COMPANY, AND ILLINOIS INSURANCE EXCHANGE (Parish of St. Bernard)
For the foregoing reasons, we reverse the ruling of the court of appeal and reinstate the judgment of the trial court.
REVERSED AND REMANDED




BY KNOLL, J.:

2005-C -0846       MICHAEL D. HAMILTON v. ROYAL INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION AND ELMER B. LITCHFIELD, SHERIFF AND TAX COLLECTOR OF THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE (Parish of E. Baton Rouge)
For the foregoing reasons, the judgment of the court of appeal is reversed and set aside. The district court judgment dismissing the suit, with prejudice, is reinstated.
REVERSED.

Retired Judge Robert Klees assigned as Associate Justice ad hoc, sitting for Associate Justice Chet D. Traylor, recused.

KNOLL, J., additionally concurs with reasons.
JOHNSON, J., dissents.



BY WEIMER, J.:

2005-CA-0765       JERRY AND JANNIE BEAUCLAIRE v. MARJORIES GREENHOUSE, ET AL. (Parish of Avoyelles)
For the foregoing reasons, we hold LSA-R.S. 13:5105(D) is constitutional. The judgment of the trial court is reversed and the matter is remanded to district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
REVERSED.



PER CURIAM:

2004-OB-0916       IN RE: ROBERT B. SCHYBERG, JR.
COMMITTEE ON BAR ADMISSIONS
Accordingly, it is ordered that the application for admission be and hereby is denied.



2004-OB-1079       IN RE: KOBY DEAN BOYETT
COMMITTEE ON BAR ADMISSIONS
Retired Judge Moon Landrieu, assigned as Justice ad hoc, sitting for Associate Justice Catherine D. Kimball; Retired Judge Philip C. Ciaccio, assigned as Justice ad hoc, sitting for Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, recused

Accordingly, it is ordered that the application for admission be and hereby is granted.

CALOGERO, C.J., dissents.
VICTORY, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., dissents and assigns reasons.



2004-OB-2433       IN RE: MARCUS ANTHONY BRYANT
(Committee on Bar Admissions)
Retired Judge Philip C. Ciaccio, assigned as Justice pro tempore, sitting for Associate Justice Catherine D. Kimball.

Accordingly, it is ordered that the application for admission be and hereby is granted.

VICTORY, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., concurs with reasons in part and dissents with reasons in part.



2004-OB-2494       IN RE: SEAN O. LAUGHLIN
(Committee on Bar Admissions)
Accordingly, it is ordered that the application for admission be and hereby is denied.



2004-OB-2518       IN RE: FRANK J. VENDT, JR.
(Committee on Bar Admissions)
Accordingly, it is ordered that the application for admission be and hereby is denied.



2005-K -0477       STATE OF LOUISIANA v. RICHARD THOMAS PIGFORD (Parish of Caddo)
(Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Distribute)
Accordingly, the decision below is vacated, defendant’s conviction and sentence are reinstated, and this case is remanded to the court of appeal for consideration of the remaining counseled and pro se assignments of error pretermitted on original hearing.
OPINION OF THE COURT OF APPEAL VACATED; CONVICTION AND SENTENCE REINSTATED; CASE REMANDED TO COURT OF APPEAL.



2005-B -1082       IN RE: JAMES K. GAUDET
(Disciplinary Proceedings)

Retired Judge Philip C. Ciaccio, assigned as Justice pro tempore, sitting for Associate Justice Catherine D. Kimball.

Upon review of the findings and recommendations of the hearing committees and the disciplinary board and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that James K. Gaudet, Louisiana Bar Roll number 5970, be suspended from the practice of law for six months. Three months of this suspension shall be deferred. Following the completion of the active portion of his suspension, respondent shall be placed on unsupervised probation for a period of six months, during which time he must successfully complete the Louisiana State Bar Association's Ethics School program. Any failure of respondent to comply with this condition, or any misconduct during the probationary period, may be grounds for making the deferred portion of the suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate. All costs and expenses in the matter are assessed against respondent in accordance with Supreme Court Rule XIX, §10.1, with legal interest to commence thirty days from the date of finality of this court's judgment until paid.

TRAYLOR, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., concurs in part and dissents in part and assigns reasons.



2005-B-1217       IN RE: CHARLES E. CABIBI, JR.
(Disciplinary Proceedings)
Upon review of the findings and recommendation of the hearing committeeand the disciplinary board, and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that the formal charges against respondent be and hereby are dismissed.

CALOGERO, C.J., concurs.
JOHNSON, J., dissents.
KNOLL, J., concurs in result.

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