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Court determines Home Depot. can be held liable for death

Louisiana workers may be interested to learn that Home Depot Inc. was sued for negligence after a pregnant employee was murdered at an offsite event in 2012. The employee's murderer, who had been her supervisor, was convicted of homicide and sexual assault in 2014.

Investigation of Louisiana bus crash undermines driver's story

The state police investigation of a fatal Aug. 28, 2016, bus crash that occurred on Interstate 10 contradicts the driver's claim that the brakes failed at the time of the accident. The newly released report about the crash that hurt 40 people and killed three found that the breaking system on the bus was functional before and during the crash.

Passenger fatally injured in Louisiana crash

Louisiana State Police report that a 15-year-old male was fatally injured in a crash in Loranger when he was partially ejected from the right rear window of a Hummer on Oct. 22. According to news sources, an unlicensed 17-year-old driver was behind the wheel of the vehicle in which the deceased teenager was riding when the deadly collision with a Freightliner fertilizer spreader truck took place at the intersection of LA 442 and LA 40.

School bus driver killed in pedestrian accident

On Sept. 19, a Louisiana school bus driver was killed while walking to her bus to start her morning route. The 58-year-old woman was walking across the street near her home in Caddo Parish when she was struck by a Toyota Tercel that was traveling northbound on Mansfield Road.

Senator pushes for action on keyless ignition systems

Louisianans who have vehicles with keyless ignition systems may want to learn about some potentially dangerous problems with them. Unlike keyed ignitions, many keyless systems do not have an automatic turn-off function when a person leaves their car with their key fob.

Estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown sues boyfriend for her death

Louisiana celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown filed a wrongful death claim on Aug. 7 against Nick Gordon, her boyfriend at the time of her death. The lawsuit claimed that Gordon was directly responsible for Brown's death.

Michael Brown's family files wrongful death claim

Many Louisiana residents who have been following the Michael Brown case may be interested to learn that the deceased man's family filed a wrongful death case against the police officer who was involved in their loved one's death. However, a report noted the problems the family may face in their attempt to seek compensation for their loss.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is a tort lawsuit that can be brought by the surviving family members of someone who has recently passed on due to the recklessness or negligence of another party. Louisiana law allows these surviving loved ones to file a wrongful death suit in most cases; if a parent abandoned his or her offspring during childhood, he or she has no right to take legal action. The state's statute of limitations prescribes that these filings must take place within a year of an individual's death.