Flanagan Partners prevails in res nova case of statutory interpretation on behalf of public utility.
A contractor's employee sued his statutory employer, Entergy, for injuries sustained at an Entergy facility. Entergy prevailed before the district court based on workers’ compensation immunity. On appeal, the employee argued that the statutory-employer provision was invalid under the provisions of the construction anti-indemnity act, La. Rev. Stat. § 9:2780.1. Enrolling as appellate counsel, Flanagan Partners secured an affirmance from the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. The court rejected the employee’s challenge, reasoning that the construction anti-indemnity act had no bearing on the validity of Entergy’s statutory-employer status. It unanimously affirmed the district court’s judgment. Blanks v. Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, LLC, 2015-1094 (La. App. 3 Cir. 4/6/16), 2016 WL 1358492.