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Family Cases
  • Useman vs. Useman, 2004 CU 1881 (La. App. 1st Cir. 09/22/04), 883 So. 2d 544, a memorandum decision Mr. Barnes succeeded in reversing a trial judge decision nullifying a judgment of custody. The case was remanded for further proceedings. A judgment awarding damages against Mr. Barnes’ client was reversed.
  • State of Louisiana vs. A.P., (C.J. 2372, 06/20/03), 858 So.2d 499, holding that the best interests of a child may be best served by not allowing DNA testing of a man unknown to the child, where the child had known another man as her father before the mother’s action to collect child support from the unknown man following the disability of the legal father.
  • Dixon vs. Dixon, 99/CA/1325 (La. App. 1st Cir. 06/23/2000), 762 So.2d 731, where Mr. Barnes was successful in reversing a trial court judge that found that LSU football tickets were community property when in fact the parties had a prenuptial contract which caused the ownership interest in the tickets to be vested solely in Mr. Barnes’ client.
  • McMorris vs. McMorris, 94-0590 (La. App. 1st Cir. 04/10/1995), 654 So.2d 742; Mr. Barnes was successful in overturning a trial judge who found that the wife was not entitled to recover for separate funds invested into the community regime and applying rules of co-ownership which were enacted by the legislature. Mr. Barnes’ success with this judgment was capitalized upon in later proceedings by one of the spouses against the property insurer following a loss by fire.
  • Fontenot vs. Noble, (La. App. 1st Cir. 05/11/2001) 786 So.2d 335, finding that a father had not properly stated a cause of action to have a child carry his name where the parties were not married at the time of the child’s birth.
  • Succession of Festus Brown, 84-CA-0198 (La. App. 1st Cir. 04/16/1985), 468 So.2d 794, wherein Mr. Barnes succeeded in overturning a trial court judgment holding that succession property should be divided in accordance with community property laws, where the deceased and his wife had not entered a property settlement prior to the death of the husband and holding that the procedure for dividing succession property was the proper procedure even under the circumstances of divorce.
Civil Cases
  • Riche vs. Juban Lumber Company, No. 15050 (La. App. 1st Cir. 10/12/82), 421 So.2d 318; Mr. Barnes successfully upheld a jury verdict obtained for his client against a contractor who completed a dwelling in a faulty fashion and then without the plaintiff’s authority obtained remaining sums due under the contract from a lending institution causing mental anguish resulting from conversion. The jury verdict for the faulty construction and the damages due for the conversion were upheld upon appeal.
  • Warren vs. Valmet Appleton, (La. App. 1st Cir. 03/06/1992), 599 So.2d 525; a successful jury verdict obtained by Mr. Barnes was upheld on appeal awarding damages to the plaintiff for severe injuries sustained as a result of improper design of an industrial machine.
  • Leatherman vs. Riverside Village, 95-2227 (La. App. 1st Cir. 06/28/96), 676 So.2d 1180, where a successful jury verdict in Mr. Barnes’ favor was upheld, but reduced on appeal for severe burn damages sustained by a handicapped plaintiff who specifically chose to reside in a handicapped apartment complex advertising its design to avoid injuries of the type suffered by the plaintiff.
  • Peters vs. Allen Parish School Board, 08-0323 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 11/05/2008), 996 So.2d 1230. Mr. Barnes represented a non-relative who was found to have a cause of action for his own damages for injury to children who resided in his home caused by the actions of school officials.
  • Snyder vs. Bergeron, 501 So.2d 291 (La. App. 1st Cir. 1986), wherein Mr. Barnes was successful in securing a damage award for the family a 14 year old child who was killed in a one car accident where a neighbor allowed the child access to a motor vehicle even though the child was unlicensed and inexperienced.
 
 
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