Q. How are the cases designated?
A. After a case has been determined to be subject to the
umbrella, the liaison counsel designate which category to which that
case pertains. There are six possible categories at this time:
Levee, MRGO, Insurance, Responder, St. Rita and Dredging Limitation.
The liaison counsel designates the type of case each consolidated
matter concerns and documents are electronically docketed with that
reference in each e-mail as well as the particular case number.
Orders are entered pertaining to a particular case or cases, a
particular group, or all cases.
Q. I am in only one case, but am getting notice on everything
in the levee case. I only want what pertains to me. I am getting too
A. Unfortunately the computer can not determine what case
pertains to you and which cases do not. The e-mail you get from the
Court specifies the category with the case number to which the
document pertains at the beginning of the docket text for you to
determine if that document pertains to your case or cases. If it is
not in a case in which you are enrolled, there is no need for you to
read it. If you are Lead Counsel, you must get notice. If you have
other attorneys at your firm receiving notice, the docket clerk can
remove them from notice if requested.
Q. I have a question that I cannot answer. I understand I am
not to contact the Judge's Chambers directly. What can I do?
A. You may first try and ascertain the answer to your question by
contacting liaison counsel whose names and numbers can be found in
the "Contacts" section of this website. If you still have problems,
you may fax your question to Carol Godbold in the Judge's Chambers
at 504.589.2393. You should only do this as a last resort.
Counsel are advised that failure to abide
by this order may result in sanctions--this includes any call from
an attorney or any staff person of that counsel's office.
Q. I know that my case should be under the umbrella, but to
date it has not been consolidated. What can I do?
A. The Clerk's Office is doing its best to keep up with the
unprecedented volume of filings. If there is an emergency or a
special need that requires the consolidation, fax the information to
Carol Godbold at 504.589.2393 and she will see if she can be of
Q. What should the caption look like?
A. The following is an example of a heading for a pleading to be
filed in the Berthelot case.
Q. I need to order a transcript?
If you require a transcript of any
proceeding held in open court, please dial (504) 589-7725, giving
docket number and date of proceeding for transcript requested.