|FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
|FROM: CLERK OF SUPREME COURT OF LOUISIANA
The Opinions handed down on the 22nd day of September, 2017, are as follows:
2016-C-1443 JOHN W. SMITH v. HIGHLINES CONSTRUCTION CO., INC., AND THE GRAY INSURANCE COMPANY
In light of our opinion in Burgess v. Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, 16-2267 (La. 6/29/17), ___ So. 3d ___, the judgment of the court of appeal is vacated and set aside insofar as it finds claimant was not entitled to reimbursement. The case is remanded to the Office of Workers’ Compensation for a determination, consistent with the interpretation of La. R.S. 23:1203(A) set forth in Burgess, of whether the out-of-state pharmacy’s services were not available in Louisiana or whether the out-of-state pharmacy can provide services for comparable costs to those of a Louisiana pharmacy. In all other respects, the judgment of the court of appeal is affirmed.
WEIMER, J., dissents and assigns reasons.
GENOVESE, J., concurs in the result and assigns reasons.
2017-B-0524 IN RE: JANINNE LATRELL GILBERT
Upon review of the findings and recommendations of the hearing committees and disciplinary board, and considering the record, the brief filed by the ODC, and oral argument, it is ordered that Janinne Latrell Gilbert, Louisiana Bar Roll number 30249, be and she hereby is permanently disbarred. Her name shall be stricken from the roll of attorneys and her license to practice law in the State of Louisiana shall be revoked. Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule XIX, § 24(A), it is further ordered that respondent be permanently prohibited from being readmitted to the practice of law in this state. It is further ordered that respondent pay restitution of $2,000 plus legal interest to Denton Auzenne and/or to the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Client Assistance Fund, 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.
CRICHTON, J., additionally concurs and assigns reasons.
2017-B-0525 IN RE: KENNETH TODD WALLACE
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 Kenneth Todd Wallace, Louisiana Bar Roll number 25920, be and he hereby is suspended from the practice of law for a period of thirty months, with all but twelve months deferred. This suspension shall be retroactive to January 8, 2016, the date of respondent’s interim suspension. 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.