Tort Reform Fails to Deliver Lower Auto Insurance Rates

By Neale deGravelles  In 2020, Louisiana politicians touted tort reform as necessary to drive down insurance rates in our state. Republican legislators argued that our state’s high auto insurance rates were due to the high number of lawsuits filed against insurance companies. In response, legislators passed the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill […] Learn more...

The Ancient Art of Jury Persuasion

By Neale deGravelles  From lectures at local CLEs to intensive week-long getaways and seminars that offer the latest techniques of persuasion, litigators spend countless hours perfecting their craft. Books, DVDs and how-to manuals offering supposedly cutting-edge theories in how to reach and move jurors are also wildly popular. From Reptile to Psychodrama, authors tout the […] Learn more...

Trucking Cases: What Every Attorney Needs to Know

By Neale deGravelles  Trucking Cases: What Every Attorney Needs to Know It may seem like trucking cases have much in common with regular auto cases, but trucking cases involve special safety regulations, unique industry safety and operational standards, a complex array of insurance issues, more complex crash dynamics and reconstruction issues, and a whole lot […] Learn more...

Why Decorum in Court Proceedings Matters Now More Than Ever

By Neale deGravelles During the coronavirus pandemic, the highest court in the land has been holding oral arguments via telephone and live-streaming the proceedings. In the oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the proceedings by warning everyone to turn off their cellphones. He neglected, […] Learn more...