April 24, 2018

Judge rules nationwide class action allegations may proceed against Navient

An estimated 16,000 student debtors got one crucial step closer to getting some loan relief last month when a Texas judge ruled in a nationwide putative class action that some private student loans are dischargeable in bankruptcy. The case is Evan Brian Crocker, et al. v. Navient Solutions, LLC…

March 6, 2018

The New York Times: Left to Louisiana’s tides, a village fights for time

“Plaintiffs’ lawyers had won judgments and settlements in Louisiana cases demanding the cleanup of oil field contamination. The flood protection authority hired one of them — Gladstone N. Jones III of New Orleans — and constructed arguments evocative of those used 30 years earlier against Big Tobacco: Energy companies had known…

March 5, 2018

ABA: Student loan class actions take aim at “a massive effort to defraud student debtors”

The following article was originally published by the American Bar Association’s Business Torts and Unfair Competition Section on March 5, 2018.  In 2014, Austin Smith was a law student at the University of Maine, looking for a topic to research for his law review note. He was also…

February 1, 2018

Biz New Orleans profiles JSH&G’s Bessie Daschbach

“ ‘A good lawyer practices what’s in front of them,’ Bessie Antin Daschbach says. ‘We look for those cases that are high risk and that are intellectually stimulating with clients who really have a problem in front of them. The value of these cases is so significant for these clients.’ “A…