Class Action Practice

Taggart Morton Lawyers’ Class Action Experience

Taggart Morton attorneys have substantial experience in class action litigation. Drawing from their base of historically regulated clients in the transportation, public utility and health care fields, Taggart Morton attorneys have played leadership roles in multiparty class action cases for many years, including mass tort cases, business/contract cases and multidistrict litigation. We have served as lead, local, and liaison counsel in numerous complex class actions, and both bench and bar recognize our reputation in this area. Our practice involves cases in federal and state courts in Louisiana and elsewhere in the Gulf South. Our cases involve varied factual backgrounds, including contract, securities fraud, toxic tort, environmental, product liability and antitrust claims. Our attorneys provide sophisticated and effective representation that is both creative and cost effective.  A sampling of these cases, in alphabetical order, can be found below.

 

  •  Albarado v. UP, et al.  ‐‐ current and retired railroad employees working in the United States filed a national class action suit against the 6 Class I rail carriers operating in the United States alleging that the employees were damaged by career‐long exposure to hazardous chemicals. Client: Norfolk Southern Corporation.
  • Andre v. Murphy Oil USA, et al – explosion and fire at refinery precipitates class action by neighborhood residents and businesses as well as injured workers at the refinery. Client – Louisiana Power & Light.
  • Arana v. Ochsner Health Plan – class action allegations in this ERISA action held in abeyance until named plaintiff’s contractual subrogation claims dismissed by Fifth Circuit en banc. Client: Ochsner Health Plan/Humana Health Benefit Plan.
  • Bayou Savage litigation ‐ Bayou Sauvage is a national wildlife refuge located near Slidell, Louisiana. Current and former area residents filed a groundwater contamination class action against multiple defendants who had owned or operated a creosote facility on the land that became Bayou Sauvage. Client: The Alabama Great Southern Railroad Company.
  • Bayou Sorrel litigation ‐ Concomitant state/federal class actions addressing long‐term groundwater contamination and exposure, including the In Re Bayou Sorrel litigation. Clients: Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Entergy Corporation.
  • Benbow v. Aspen Technologies, Inc. – Securities fraud action. Client: Plaintiffs.
  • Cole v. New Orleans Terminal Company – Class action arising out of tank car derailment where 150‐or‐so plaintiffs contended that non‐leaking tank car nevertheless caused an array of ill health effects. Client: New Orleans Terminal Company.
  • In Re: Combustion, Inc. – seventeen consolidated toxic tort suits later certified as class involving CERCLA Plaintiffs seeking cleanup and restitution for former waste site. Client: Entergy Louisiana, Inc.
  • Duson, Louisiana groundwater contamination suit ‐‐ Class action on behalf of area residents against multiple defendants alleging groundwater contamination. Client: Anheuser‐Busch, Inc.
  • Farragut, Tennessee derailment ‐‐ Train derailment in Farragut, TN caused sulfuric acid to leak from one of the cars and about 2,200 people to be evacuated. A number of class action and individual suits were filed in both federal and state court. Brought in to assist local counsel. Client: Norfolk Southern Corporation.
  • In re:  GM Pickup Truck Litigation – counsel for objector class headed by our client Certificate Clearing House.
  • Gunderson Managed Care Litigation/Liberty Mutual v. Gunderson et al – This complex set of litigation cases involved approximately 30,000 individual claims by hospitals and health care providers claiming breaches of the payment terms of their contracts to be managed alongside a state court class action and multiple federal injunctive actions designed to halt the state court litigation. Clients:  Coventry Health Care and First Health Group Corp.
  • Illinois Central Creosote litigation – ground water contamination action filed by area residents against owner/operator of creosote facility in Bossier City, Louisiana. Client: Illinois Central.
  • In re New Orleans Train Car Leakage Fire Litigation. A tank car containing 1,3 butadiene ignited below the Florida Avenue overpass in New Orleans East. Approximately 9,700 residents were evacuated.  Client: New Orleans Terminal Company.
  • Shamieh v. CCN, et al. (mass joinder) – physician action against 75 insurers and payers alleged to have underpaid contractually allowed reimbursement for medical services.  Clients: Fair Isaac Corporation and Community Care Network.
  • Tenet v. Humana – (mass joinder) – case involved approximately 7000 patients whose health care benefit claims had allegedly been underpaid under applicable contract terms.  Client: Humana.
  • Tenneco Tank Explosion. A floating roof storage tank overflowed and ignited, causing a large explosion that led to an evacuation of several thousand people in Chalmette, Louisiana. Client: Chicago Bridge & Iron.

In addition, Taggart Morton lawyers have been called in to assist on numerous cases across the southeastern portion of the United States. Numerous other actions involving class action allegations suffered dismissal of these allegations and the class certification request at the very outset of the litigation.

Practitioners:

Perry R. Staub, Jr.| Mark E. Van Horn
Donald J. Miester | Janet D. McGrew

What we do

  • Business

    The attorneys in our extensive, full-service business and finance practice represent and advise major or emerging businesses, lenders, developers and utilities, as well as individuals, in a variety of commercial and financial transactions. By virtue of our broad experience, we specialize in creative problem-solving for our clients, in a cost effective, responsive…

    Business

  • Commercial Litigation

    The Firm's commercial and business litigation practice encompasses business contract disputes of virtually every description, including construction, redhibition actions, sale and lease disputes, oil & gas, employment related contractual disputes especially in the area of exployee benefits and ERISA-based claims, technology and computer contract disputes and collection actions…

    Commercial Litigation

  • Employment Law

    Our workplace law practice offers employers legal advice on the employer-employee relationship, including employee benefits law, employment and labor law, and workers' compensation law. Attorneys represent employers before state and federal administrative bodies and in-state and federal courts in connection with wrongful discharge claims, claims of discrimination…

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  • Corporate & Tax

    The corporate and tax practice group has significant experience in merge and acquisition transactions involving both public and private companies, including banks and bank holding companies, electric utilities, health care providers and food product businesses. The firm has advised boards of directors of publicly held companies in hostile and negotiated transactions and tender offers…

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  • Public Utilities

    The firm has over 50 years of experience in representing clients in the heavily regulated electric, gas, pipeline, asbestos, telecommunications and transportation industries. Recent projects handled by the public utilities practice group include the acquisition of municipal electric systems, consolidations of electric and gas utilities, negotiation of regulated fuel…

    Public Utilities

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    Our real estate practice offers extensive, full service counsel on various real estate matters. We routinely represent large or emerging commercial and industrial developers and other property owners, commercial, retail and industrial lessors or tenants, and banks and investment banks, in a wide variety of real estate transactions. By virtue of our broad experience we focus…

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  • Oil and Gas

    Attorneys within this practice are counsel to a wide range of interests in the energy field, including those of oil and gas producers and operators, pipeline companies, landowners and royalty owners. In addition, we provide counsel in the areas of energy lending, regulatory oversight and proceedings (Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation, Louisiana Public Service Commission and Minerals)…

    Oil and Gas

  • Business

    The attorneys in our extensive,full-service business and finance practice represent and advise major or emerging businesses, lenders, developers and utilities, as well as individuals, in a variety of commercial and financial transactions. By virtue of our broad experience, we specialize in creative problem-solving for our clients, in a cost effective, responsive…

    Business

  • Hotel Industry

    The attorneys in our extensive,full-service business and finance practice represent and advise major or emerging businesses, lenders, developers and utilities, as well as individuals, in a variety of commercial and financial transactions. By virtue of our broad experience, we specialize in creative problem-solving for our clients, in a cost effective, responsive…

    Hotel Industry

  • Workers Comp

    The firm's Workers' Compensation practice handles a multitude of issues facing employers, insurers and other entities ranging from typical accident/injury claims for compensation to compliance and insurance issues. The firm's attorney's in the Workers' Compensation practice have extensive experience in all facets of workers' compensation litigation affecting the complex relationships between employers, insurance carriers, claims administrators and employees…

    Workers Comp

  • Asbestos Litigation

    The defense of litigation in the asbestos arena requires vast trial experience and thorough knowledge of the scientific and legal and aspects of each case. In today's arena, defendants in asbestos-related lawsuits will certainly be presented with protracted litigation involving a myriad of scientific/legal issues and…

    Asbestos Litigation

  • Managed Health Care

    Effective representation of today's managed health care industry requires an array of legal skills delivered in a cost-conscious fashion, coupled with a thorough knowledge of the industry and an excellent grasp of the ever-changing regulatory environment. Lawyers at Taggart Morton have represented participants in all facests of the health care industry…

    Managed Health Care

  • Insurance Regulatory Services

    Taggart Morton, L.L.C. has a wealth of experience in the representation of a wide variety of insurance industry stakeholders in regulatory matters at both the federal and state level. This includes the P&C, life, health and specialty lines. With respect to healthcare, this representation extends to traditional health insurers, as well as HMO’s, TPA’s, MNRO’s, IPA’s, PHO’s and a variety of other industry stakeholders…

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