Negligence Claim Revived Against Alleged Rapist's Firm

Law360, New York (June 11, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT) -- An appeals court in Louisiana has breathed new life into a negligence claim brought against law firm Hawkins & Villemarette LLC by a former receptionist who said she was raped by a name partner on the firm's premises, striking down a trial court's decision that granted the two-member firm summary judgment.

Louisiana's Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit handed down a 4-1 opinion Wednesday reversing the trial court's decision and remanding the case for further proceedings.

The firm is no longer in business, and the...
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