• Goins Aaron, PLC of New Orleans


November 15 2015 | blog

Kudos to Bill Aaron and DeWayne Williams, Shareholders of Aaron & Gianna, PLC, for back to back defense victories based on re-urged motions initially rejected by the trial courts.

In the first case, a state court proceeding filed in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Aaron and Williams successfully defeated claims of abuse of rights and abuse of process brought by a real estate developer against a property owner represented by Aaron & Gianna through the use of a re-urged Special Motion to Strike pursuant to Article 971 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure.  A Special Motion to Strike (commonly referred to as an Anti-Slapp Motion) is a powerful procedural vehicle designed to thwart efforts by a plaintiff who seeks to sue a defendant because of the defendant’s exercise of constitutionally protected rights such as free speech and the right to petition government.   Accompanying the grant of the re-urged Special Motion to Strike was a mandatory award of attorney fees in favor of the property owner.   

In the second case, a federal court proceeding filed in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Aaron and Williams successfully obtained an eve of trial dismissal of the suit for damages and declaratory and injunctive relief against the defendant, a former General Partner of a multi-million dollar affordable housing project based on a re-urged Motion to Dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.  In reconsidering the Motion to Dismiss the trial court aptly noted that the bulk of the causes of action brought by the plaintiff, a special limited partner, were claims of the limited partnership, an entity which shared Louisiana citizenship with the defendant.  The limited partnership was an indispensable party which if brought into the suit would destroy diversity of citizenship, the alleged basis of the Court’s subject matter jurisdiction.

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