Oestreicher wins $1.5 million case against Ambulance Manufacturer

A federal court jury awarded a former New Orleans paramedic more than $1.5 million in damages this week for injuries he sustained while treating a gunshot victim in the back of an ambulance. The jury found the ambulance manufacturer, Medtec Ambulance Corp., knowingly designed a dangerous ambulance bench seat that caused paramedic Ryan Earls’ injuries in December 2010.

Earls, 26 at the time, was in the rear of the ambulance working on the patient when the truck hit a bump in the road. The faulty seat collapsed and Earls was sent sprawling, said his attorney, David Oestreicher. Earls wrenched his back, and he had to be removed from the ambulance at the hospital, Oestreicher said.

The jury’s award to Earls included $200,000 for his loss of future wages and benefits, $600,000 in medical expenses and $700,000 for his pain and suffering.

The five-day trial took place in U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle’s courtroom.

Jazz & Heritage Foundation enters new contract terms with Festival Productions, Inc.

David W. Oestreicher, first vice president of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, made the announcement that Festival Productions, Inc., a company which has produced Jazz Fest since its inception, will retain the rights to do so under a new contract. Oestreicher and the NOJHFF Board contemplated two other production companies, but…

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Oestreicher wins a jury verdict in suit against City of New Orleans

New Orleans lawyer David W. Oestreicher, II won a jury verdict in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case Young v. City of New Orleans. The action was brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 for the alleged use of excessive physical force by members of the New Orleans Police Department. To…

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Oestreicher wins settlement, and cookie name crumbles

A federal judge signed a lawsuit settlement in which a Los Angeles woman will retain the sole rights to her brand of cookie confections. New Orleans lawyer, David W. Oestreicher, II, filed the suit on behalf of Phyllis Hoffman, who operated a mail order cookie business in New Orleans, where she also delivered to homes…

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