Cameron International, one of the companies facing lawsuits over the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill, has failed in its attempt to block a non-jury trial planned for February before a federal judge in New Orleans. In that trial, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier will decide which companies should face liability claims. Likely to face the brunt of claims are BP, Transocean Ltd., Halliburton and Cameron.
Barbier cited maritime law in ruling that a non-jury trial is appropriate for assigning liability, a ruling Cameron appealed to the 5th Circuit. The 5th Circuit panel rejected Cameron’s appeal.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.