|FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
|FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 9th day of December, 2014, are as follows:
BY JOHNSON, C.J.:
2013-CK-2573 STATE OF LOUISIANA IN THE INTEREST OF J.M. (Parish of Orleans)
For the foregoing reasons, we find the Fourth Circuit properly reversed the juvenile court’s denial of the defendant’s motion to dismiss for untimely adjudication. Accordingly, the judgment is affirmed.
VICTORY, J., concurs.
2014-C -0109 MOORING TAX ASSET GROUP, L.L.C. v. RODERICK A. JAMES AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (Parish of Orleans)
For the foregoing reasons, we hold that the lower courts erred in failing to award Mooring costs pursuant to La. Const. art. VII, §25(C) and ordering the immediate cancellation of the tax sale deed. We also hold it is Mr. James, the current owner of the property seeking to clear the tax sale deed from the title of the property, who is responsible for payment of these costs. Therefore, we reverse the rulings of the lower courts and remand the matter to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
REVERSED AND REMANDED.
VICTORY, J., concurs.
BY VICTORY, J.:
2013-K -2007 STATE OF LOUISIANA v. DANIEL MARSHALL (Parish of Orleans)
For the reasons stated herein, the judgment of the court of appeal and the defendant’s conviction and sentence for manslaughter are reinstated.
REVERSED; CONVICTION AND SENTENCE REINSTATED.
BY GUIDRY, J.:
2014-C -0256 JOHN OLESZKOWICZ v. EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION, EXXON MOBIL OIL CORPORATION, HUMBLE INCORPORATED AND INTRACOASTAL TUBULAR SERVICES, INC. (Parish of Jefferson)
For the reasons assigned, the judgment of the court of appeal affirming the award of exemplary damages under La. Civ. Code art. 2315.3 is reversed.
2014-C -0664 CANAL/CLAIBORNE, LIMITED v. STONEHEDGE DEVELOPMENT, LLC (Parish of Jefferson)
Accordingly, we conclude the trial court was without subject matter jurisdiction to entertain the plaintiff’s claim for enrichment without cause and dismiss that claim with prejudice. REVERSED AND REMANDED TO THE DISTRICT.
WEIMER, J., concurs in part and dissents in part.
HUGHES, J., concurs in part and dissents in part for the reasons assigned by Justice Weimer.
2014-CC-0808 DWAYNE CHAUVIN v. EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION, ET AL. (Parish of Jefferson)
Accordingly, the court of appeal’s decision is reversed and the trial court’s judgment is reinstated.
REVERSED; DISTRICT COURT JUDGMENT REINSTATED.
BY CLARK, J.:
2014-O -1828 IN RE: JUDGE J. ROBIN FREE (Judiciary Commission)
For the reasons assigned, it is ordered that Judge J. Robin Free be suspended without pay for thirty days for violating Canons 1, 2, 2A, 3A(4), 3A(6), and 6B(2) of the Code of Judicial Conduct and La. Const. art. V, § 25(C). Judge J. Robin Free is further ordered to reimburse and pay the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana the sum of $6,723.64 in costs.
2014-B -0647 IN RE: RANDY J. FUERST (Disciplinary Board)
Upon review of the findings and recommendations of the hearing committee and disciplinary board, and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that Randy J. Fuerst, Louisiana Bar Roll number 5767, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for six months, with all but three months deferred, subject to the condition that any additional misconduct by respondent within six months from the finality of this judgment may be grounds for making the deferred portion of the suspension executory, or imposing additional discipline, as appropriate. It is further ordered that all investigative costs related to the MRW matter and one-eighth of the total litigation expenses 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.
JOHNSON, C.J., concurs.
KNOLL, J., concurs in result and assigns reasons.
WEIMER, J., concurs and assigns reasons.
2014-B -1435 IN RE: MADRO BANDARIES (Disciplinary Board)
Upon review of the findings and recommendations of the hearing committee and disciplinary board, and considering the record, briefs, and oral argument, it is ordered that Madro Bandaries, Louisiana Bar Roll number 25339, be and he hereby is publicly reprimanded. 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.
VICTORY, J., dissents, and would impose a harsher sanction on respondent.
WEIMER, J., dissents and assigns reasons.