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Representative Sample of Noteworthy Litigated & Reported Cases:

  1. Mallard Bay Drilling, Inc. v. John Neely Kennedy, Secretary of Dept. of Rev., State of La., 914 So.2d 573 (La. 2005) [Council challenging court determination, contrary to legislative intent, that retroactive legislation concerning interpretation of tax exemptions was invalid.]
  2. Simons Petroleum, Inc. v. Dane Falgout, Sales Tax Collector, for the Sales and Use Tax Department of the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, La. Sup. Ct. Docket No. 2004-C-0695 (La. 2004). [Sole counsel who challenged, and was sustained by, the La. Supreme Court that taxation of off-road devisal was unconstitutional.]
  3. Macro Oil Company, Inc. v. Shirley McNamara, Secretary of the Department of Revenue and Taxation, State of Louisiana; No. 2501; Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana. [Counsel challenging the La. Dept of Taxation's interpretation of offshore sales and use Tax Exemptions.]
  4. Power Rig Drilling Company, Inc. and LDC Drilling Company, Inc. v. Collector of Revenue; No. 2863; Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana. [Prevailing Attorney in suit involving environmental damage in a natural refuge due to drilling activity.]
  5. David R. Aloisio v. Secretary, Department of Revenue and Taxation; No 4444; Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana.  [Prevailing council on FICA Tax liability case against non-owner employee who had signatory powers on payroll account.]
  6. Rowan Companies, Inc. v. John Neely Kennedy, Secretary, Department of Revenue; No. 4840; Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana. [Prevailing Attorney in suit involving proper evaluation of drilling assets when trying to determine "fair market" value for drilling assets for sales and use tax purposes.]  
  7. ERA Aviation, Inc. v. John Neely Kennedy, Secretary, Department of Revenue, State of Louisiana, et al; No. 4885, Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana. [Successful challenge to La. Department of Revenue interpretation of Aviation Apportionment formula for State tax purposes.]  
  8. Vermilion Parish School Board v. Power Rig Drilling Company, Inc.; 564 So.2d 402 (3rd Cir. 1990). [Counsel sustained against prescribed assessment due to error by Assessor concerning interruption vs. tolling of prescription.]
  9. RPI Fibers Program, Ltd.; Fibril Fuels, Ltd.; NSCMP Pulps, Ltd.; New Processes, Ltd.; Transcontinental Network; Seven Peaks Theme Park, et al. vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue;      T.C.       (1993). [Sole counsel for a national test case on Research and Development Investment Tax Credit.]
  10. Mallard Bay Drilling, Inc. v. Parish Council of the Parish of St. Mary, by and Through its Sales and Use Tax Department, Thaddeus J. Marcell, Director; No. 101030; Division "H"; 16th J.D.C.; Parish of St. Mary, Louisiana.  [Lead counsel challenging constitutionality of Court interpretation of State tax exemptions.]
  11. C. J. Clark and Louis Clark v. Irving Manual, et al.; 463 So.2d 1276 (La. 1985); 458 So.2d 467, writ granted, (La. Sup. Ct.).  [Lead counsel who challenged, and was sustained, when the La. Supreme Ct. declared two statutes unconstitutional and invalidated these statutes as violations of Equal Protection under State and Federal law.]
  12. Joseph P. Martinez, M.D. v. Wayne Soignier, M.D.; 570 So.2d 23 (3rd Cir. 1990); 572 So.2d 94, writ denied, (La. Sup. Ct. 1991).  [Lead counsel for defense on multimillion dollar libel and defamation test case between doctors where allegations concerning failed breast augmentation surgeries by plaintiff.  Defendant was exonerated.]
  13. Sadie M Davis vs. James N Reinhardt and State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, F.d. (Civil Action No.84-0294) (U.S. Dist. Ct. WD LA4/9/87)  [In pedestrian death case, undersigned council successfully precluded recovery by decedent's estate by proving that a phantom car precluded defendant driver from seeing pedestrian in highway until it became an unavoidable accident.]
  14. Linda Meche and Fred Meche v. Janet A. Thibodeaux; 550 So.2d 346 (3rd Cir. 1989); 558 So.2d 1124, writ denied, (La. Sup. Ct. 1990). [Counsel sustained by validity of insurance exclusion involving extended coverage  under motorcycle liability policy.]
  15. Louis Wyatt, Jr. v. Raymond Robin, Jr.; 509 So.2d 746 (3rd Cir. 1987); 512 So.2d 446, writ granted, (La. Sup. Ct. 1987); 518 So.2d 494, remanded to trial court, (La. Sup. Ct. 1988.  [Remitter sustained on excessive judgment.]
  16. Alphan Huckaby, Jr. v. Dr. Charles W. Boustany, et al; 537 So.2d 1169, writ denied, (La. Sup. Ct.); 560 So.2d 654 (3rd Cir. 1990); 567 So.2d 87, writ granted (La. Sup. Ct. 1990); 567 So.2d 86, writ granted, (La. Sup. Ct. 1990).
  17. Steven J. Scherer and Lauren L. Filler v. John Chaisson, et al.; 469 So.2d 510 (3rd Cir. 1985); 508 So.2d 596 (3rd Cir. 1987); 512 So.2d 1183, writ denied, (La. Sup. Ct. 1987).  [Sustained on Judgment notwithstanding the verdict on coverage exclusion of policies.]
  18. Ronnie James Sonnier v. James Clyde Huff, et al.; 615 So.2d 60 (3rd Cir. 1993).   
  19. Cameron Equipment Co., Inc. v. Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc., et al.; 658 So.2d 696 (3rd Cir. 1996). [Council sustained in multi-jurisdictional disputes between Fortune 500 companies concerning ownership of oilfield equipment.]
  20. Ruby Bohrer Welborn v. Security Industrial Insurance Company; No. 87-1074 (3rd Cir. 1987).  
  21. Vincent Broussard v. Matthew Meaux; 649 So.2d 661 (3rd Cir. 1994).
  22. Charles Tate vs. Charles Aguillard, Inc. and Real Estate; 508 So.2d 1371 (La. 1987).  [Prevailing counsel for Lloyd's of London in insurance claim involving the unexpected death of a thoroughbred racehorse that was a descendent of Secretariat.]
  23. R & B Falcon Drilling USA, Inc. v. Department of Revenue, State of Louisiana, Docket No. 5695, Board of Tax Appeals, Louisiana.
  24. CPL Systems, Inc. v. Lail Services, Inc., Greg E. Lail, Casey Simon, and Advanced Controls and Engineering, L.L.C., No. 015299, Division "E", 15th J.D.C., Parish of Lafayette, Louisiana. [Defendants vindicated from  claims of Unfair Practices Act by third-party corporations.]
  25. Mike Rentfrow v. Epic Companies, et al., Civil Action No. 05-3736, Section "D" (2); U.S. Eastern Dist. of La.; appealed to U.S. 5th Cir. Of Appeals, Case No. 09-31218.  [Undersigned received the largest recovery of individual wage claim in State history of Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($650,000.00)].
  26. Larry M. Bailey, et al. v. City of Lafayette, No. C-991343, Consolidated with C-991543, C-991688, C20000526, C-20005288; Division "D", 15th J.D.C., Parish of Lafayette, Louisiana.  [Class action for policemen and firemen for past due wages.  Recovered approximately Twenty Two Million Dollars ($22,000,000.00 .]
  27. Dunbar v. Seger-Thomschitz, 615 F.3d 574 (5th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1511 (2011).  [Challenge to constitutional authority of States to restrict recovery of Nazi art originally owned by Holocaust victims.]  
Noteworthy Cases