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Sternal Infection Lawsuit Filed Over Contaminated Heater-Cooler Used During Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

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The mother of a young girl who suffered a nontuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) infection following heart surgery alleges that the sternal infection was caused by a contaminated 3T Heater-Cooler system used during the procedure. Magaley De La Cruz filed a complaint (PDF) against Sorin Group and Liva Nova PLC in the U.S. District Court for the […]

Children Infected By Stockert 3T Surgical Device at New Orleans Children’s Hospital

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New Orleans, LA. Officials at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans have acknowledged that a dozen children were infected with mycobacterium abscessus following heart surgery during June and July of this year. Hospital officials fear that more cases may still appear. The source of the infections appears to be a contaminated Stockert 3-T heater-cooler device, and […]

Children’s Hospital infections came months after CDC issued warning

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – Some parents of patients suffering from bacterial infections at Children’s Hospital are ready to take legal action against the facility. “Our goal and charge is to figure out what Children’s Hospital knew when, and what they should have done,” said plaintiff’s attorney Kenneth Bordes. Bordes and Lawrence Centola are preparing […]

Bactes Imaging Solutions employee’s sexual harassment claim goes to arbitration

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NEW ORLEANS — An employee of a medical records company can pursue her sexual harassment claim, but only through arbitration, a federal judge ruled. In the Aug. 28 order, Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied Bactes Imaging Solutions request to dismiss the sexual harassment […]

Former student accuses college teacher of sexual harassment

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NEW ORLEANS — A former student is suing Southeastern Louisiana University, alleging a teacher was guilty of sexual harassment. Kala Chenier filed a complaint May 3 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Southeastern Louisiana University, Sedgwick Claims Management Services and University of Louisiana System Management Board, alleging they violated the Civil Rights […]

Class Action Alleging 401(k) Shortchanging Moves Forward

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana grants in part and denies in part the motion by the defendant health system to dismiss the plaintiff current and former employees’ complaint alleging that they were underpaid. The plaintiffs are full-time, hourly employees involved in direct patient care, including certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered […]

Nurses file suit against Ochsner Health over alleged compensation issues

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NEW ORLEANS – Certified registered nurses have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ochsner Health System and Ochsner Clinic Foundation alleging violations of wage laws. Desireè Bergeron, Lillian Fogarty, Patricia Gremillion, Natalie Illg, Michele Kraf, Kevin Millet and Elizabeth Nelson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Jan. 23 in […]

Ex-hairdressers sue H2O salon for back wages, overtime pay

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NEW ORLEANS – Two Louisiana women say their former employer, H2O Hair, owes them for unpaid wages. Carrie Biggio and Chelsea Luminais filed a class action lawsuit Nov. 18 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern of Louisiana against H20 Hair Inc., Michael John Gaspard and Holli M. Gaspard, alleging violations of the Fair Labor […]

Former Nygard Inc. employee claims she is owed unpaid wages

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NEW ORLEANS – A woman alleges her former employer wrongfully withheld bonuses from her checks. Callie Trahan filed a complaint on June 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Nygard NY Retail LLC, doing business as Nygard International Partnership, and Nygard Inc. alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards […]

Assistant managers allege TACI Investments Inc. owes unpaid overtime wages

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NEW ORLEANS – Two assistant managers for restaurant franchise operators allege that they were not compensated at the correct rate for overtime work and have filed a class-action suit. Dominique Hankton and Willie Ray Davis, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on July 1 in the U.S. District Court […]