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Food and Culture in Lafayette, Louisiana

April 30, 2019 News 0 Comments

Lafayette, Louisiana boasts a unique cultural blend of Cajun, Creole, French, and Southern hospitality. There is no better way to experience the vibrant culture of Lafayette than through its local restaurants that tie together food, music, art, and history.

Lafayette, LA accident lawyer shares food and culture favorites.

Food and Music

Experience the  Cajun “joie de vivre” while dining and dancing at Randol’s Seafood Restaurant. Here you can feast on local dishes like fried alligator, crawfish étouffée, and seafood gumbo. Randol’s raises its own crawfish and crabs on the property and serves fresh seafood from the Gulf.

Music, like food, is a major part of Lafayette’s culture and there is no better place to dance the two-step than at Randal’s. Acadiana’s finest Cajun and zydeco musicians perform nightly and the dance hall fills up as the fiddle, accordion, and triangle begin to play. Randal’s is located at 2320 Kaliste Saloom Rd. in Lafayette, LA.

Food and Art

At the Blue Dog Café, patrons are able to enjoy modern Cajun cuisine while surrounded by over 150 prints of the late local artist George Rodrigue. Rodrigue had great respect for his Cajun heritage and sought to preserve the Cajun culture through his paintings. The State of Louisiana appointed Rodrigue Artist Laureate in 2006 in recognition of his work. His most famous image, the Blue Dog, is inspired by the loup-garou – the Cajun legend of a werewolf.

Among the dishes offered at the Blue Dog Café includes shrimp and grits, seafood caught fresh from the Gulf, and fried shrimp po’boy. The restaurant also serves boudin balls,  a local favorite of sausage, made up of ground pork, cooked rice, onions, peppers, and seasonings, fried in small balls. The Blue Dog Café is located at  1211 West Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503.

Food and Festivals

No matter the time of year, there is sure to be a festival happening in Lafayette. The festivals celebrate Lafayette’s vibrant culture, including its authentic cuisine. Some of the most popular food festivals include the Crawfish Festival, the Acadiana Po-Boy Festival, and the Scott Boudin Festival.

One of Lafayette’s largest festivals is the Festival International de Louisiane,  a five-day event in downtown Lafayette that celebrates the connections between the Acadiana and the Francophone world. Each April thousands of visitors come to Lafayette to experience the Festival. It is the largest international and arts festival in the United States. The Festival International de Louisiane features art exhibits, workshops, and musical performances along with authentic Lafayette cuisine, like jambalaya, crawfish, boudin, and po’boys.

Food and History

In the late nineteenth century, plate lunches were popping up across the United States to serve the hungry working-class. Plate lunches feature large portions and consist of a meat, a gravy-covered starch, a pair of vegetable sides, and a piece of bread—often served together on one plate. They are the perfect marriage between rustic, homestyle cooking and cafeteria style convenience. Lafayette has held on to the tradition of plate lunches with many restaurants serving hearty and affordable plate lunches daily.

Among the restaurants where you can enjoy a classic plate lunch includes Laura’s II Next Generation, a third-generation owned Creole restaurant. No matter what you order—fried pork chops, fried catfish, or turkey wings—Laura’s famous gravy, a strong and flavorful molasses-colored sauce covers everything. Laura’s II is located at 1904 W. University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70506.

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Lafayette, LA High School Sports Information

April 24, 2019 News 0 Comments

Lafayette High School (LHS) is home to many successful sports programs. The Lafayette Mighty Lions are members of the 3-5A District. Tim Lemaire is the school’s Athletic Director. LHS’s address is 3000 West Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70506. Below you will find information about each sport offered at Lafayette High School.

Lafayette, Louisiana school students.

Fall Sports

  • Football

The football team is head coached by William Pool. Season tickets are available to purchase in August. The team had a 3-7 overall record in 2018.

  • Volleyball

The volleyball team is head coached by Caroline Dufrene. In the 2018 season, the team went 18-10 and lost to Ponchatoula High School in the first round of the District playoffs.

  • Cross Country

The cross country team is head coached by Tim Lemaire. LHS offers both girls’ and boys’ cross country.

  • Swimming

The swim team is head coached by Thomas Clavier. Home swim meets are held at the Earl J. Chris Natatorium. The girls’ and boys’ swim teams participated in the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Swim Meet at the Spar Aquatic Center in Sulphur, LA.  

Winter Sports

  • Boys’ Basketball

The boys’ basketball team is head coached by Clifton Brown. The team had a successful 2018-2019 season with a 20-13 overall record. The Mighty Lions’ season ended on February 22, 2019 after losing to Hahnville High School in the District playoffs.

  • Girls’ Basketball

The girls’ basketball team is head coached by Tarunye Kanonu. The team had a record of 15-10 in the 2018-19 season.

  • Boys’ Soccer

The boys’ soccer team is head coached by Craig Minnick. The team was undefeated in District play during the 2018-19 season. The team lost in the second round of the 2019 LHSAA Class 5A Boys’ Soccer State Playoffs.

  • Girls’ Soccer

The girls’ soccer team is head coached by Joshua Saboe. The team lost to Saint Joseph’s Academy in the second round of the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Soccer State Championship. The team had a 3-6-6 overall record in the 2018-19 season.

  • Wrestling

The wrestling team is head coached by Nash Barreca. The wrestling team placed 23rd at the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Wrestling Tournament.

  • Bowling

Lafayette High School has both a boys’ and girls’ varsity bowling team. The bowling matches are played at both Lafayette Lanes and Acadiana Lanes. The bowling teams participated in the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Bowling State Championship Tournament held at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA.

Spring Sports

  • Baseball

The baseball team is head coached by Sam Taulli. The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Baseball State Tournament will take place on May 8–11 at McMurray Park in Sulphur, Louisiana.

  • Softball

The softball team is head coached by Chris Ortego. The 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Softball State Tournament will take place on April 26-27 at Frasch Park in Sulphur, Louisiana.

  • Track

The track team is head coached by Ron Baillargeon. LHS offers both winter and spring track. LHS competed at the Sugar Bowl Track and Field Classic on March 22–23, 2019 in City Park, New Orleans.

  • Golf

The golf team is head coached by Gregory Landry. The Louisiana high school golf state tournament will be held on April 29-30th at the Wetlands Golf Course at 2129 N University Avenue, Lafayette, Louisiana 70507.

  • Tennis

The tennis team is head coached by Duane Simon. The Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Tennis Tournament will take place on April 23– April 27, 2019 at the ULM Tennis Center, Forsythe Park, Bayou Desiard Country Club, Monroe, LA.

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Things To Do In Lafayette, Louisiana

April 8, 2019 News 0 Comments

Whether you are looking to explore history and culture, listen to great music, dine on local foods, or enjoy the natural wildlife, Lafayette, Louisiana has something for you.

Lafayette, LA on a map with a red place marker pin.


Vermilionville is a living history museum and folklife park located on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion. It includes a historic village that showcases the Acadian, Creole, and Native American cultures from 1765 to 1890.

Visitors are transported back in time as they walk through the restored historic homes and gardens and witness local artisans demonstrating the same crafts that were performed by the early settlers.  


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn left on LA 728-8. Proceed 0.5 miles to Fisher Road. Turn left on Fisher Road. The parking lot will be on the right. 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.

Children’s Museum of Acadiana 

The Children’s Museum of Acadiana (CMA) in downtown Lafayette provides hands-on learning and discovery for kids through interactive exhibits, performances, and workshops. Children can experience a bubble factory, a kid’s television station, and a play grocery store among other exhibits.


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn right on Jefferson Street and proceed to Garfield Street. Turn left on Garfield Street; travel 2 blocks and turn right on Taylor Street. CMA will be 1 block on the right; enter parking lot from Taylor Street. 201 E. Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

The historic Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist was completed in 1916 in the architecturally impressive Dutch Romanesque Revival style. The land for the cathedral was donated in 1821 by Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville. Inside St. John’s Cathedral are original stained glass windows and elaborate oil paintings.


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn right on E. 2nd Street. Continue onto W. Congress Street. In 0.2 miles turn left on St. John Street. In 0.3 miles turn right on Cathedral Street. The cathedral will be on the left. 515 Cathedral Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.

Alexandre Mouton House

The historic Alexandre Mouton House was built by Jean Mouton, the founder of Vermilionville, around 1800. From 1825 to 1836, his son Alexandre Mouton resided in the home with his family. Alexander Mouton was the first Democratic Governor of Louisiana from 1843 to 1846.


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn right on E. 2nd Street. Continue onto W. Congress Street. Turn left on Lafayette Street. The Alexandre Mouton House is 0.4 miles on the right. 1122 Lafayette Street, LA 70501.

Blue Moon Saloon

The Blue Moon Saloon is one of the premier venues for roots music in America. Here you can enjoy a cold beer or tropical cocktail while dancing to local Cajun, zydeco, swamp pop, and national roots acts.


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn right on Johnston Street. Continue for 0.6 miles and turn left on E. Convent Street. The Blue Moon Saloon will be on the left. 215 East Convent Street, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501.

Cypress Island Preserve

Birdwatchers, boaters, and fishermen should be sure to visit the Cypress Island Preserve on Lake Martin. The Preserve is one of the largest wading bird rookeries in North America. 20,000 egrets, herons, ibises, roseate spoonbills, and other species nest in the 2,800-acre swamp each spring. The 2.5-mile walking trail is open from fall to the spring and is suitable for children.


The Cypress Island Preserve is located between Breaux Bridge and Lafay. Parking is available at the Visitor Center where Rookery Road meets LA Highway 353. 1264 Prairie Hwy, St Martinville, LA 70582.

Bon Temps Grill

Chow down on delicious and authentic Cajun and Creole food in a relaxed atmosphere at Bon Temps Grill. Enjoy unique dishes like crawfish pie, grits and shrimp, and Cajun jerk chicken. Feel free to bring your kids along to this family-friendly restaurant.


From SW Evangeline Highway: Turn right onto E. Verot School Road. Continue 2.1 miles and Bon Temps Grill will be on your right. 1312 Verot School Road, Lafayette, LA 70508.

History of Lafayette, Louisiana

April 5, 2019 News 0 Comments

Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun and Creole country, has a deep and colorful history

Early History

The earliest settlers in the Lafayette area were the Atakapa-Ishak Indians. The name “Atakapa” means “man-eater” in Choctaw and according to legend this tribe engaged in cannibalism and ate their prisoners of war.

Acadian Migration

Acadians, who arrived in the Lafayette area between 1765 and 1785, were the first great wave of immigration. Acadians were the decedents of French colonists who settled in Nova Scotia in 1604 and established the colony Acadie. After the War of the Spanish Succession ended in 1714, Acadie was ceded to the British, and the Acadians were forced to pledge allegiance to the British crown and renounce their Catholic religion. They refused. Beginning in 1755, the British governor of Acadie exiled Acadians during a period known as the Great Expulsion or the Grand Dérangement.

The King of Spain extended an invitation to the Acadian refugees to come to Louisiana. Many settled in the area that is now Lafayette because they could live according to their own Roman Catholic beliefs and traditions. The Acadians formed what is today referred to as the Cajun culture.

After French Revolution in 1789, the French presence in Lafayette continued to grow as many French loyalists fled to Louisiana to settle. Louisiana, including the Lafayette area, became the property of the United States in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase and Americans searching for inexpensive fertile land immigrated to the area.

Founding of Vermilionville

The original village, which later became Lafayette, was given the name Vermilionville in 1821 when Jean Mouton (an Acadian) donated land for the construction of St. John’s Catholic Church. A settlement grew around the church and Mouton made a second land donation for a courthouse. The villagers laid out the cross-grid town with streets named for U.S. presidents.

The fertility of the land gave rise to great sugar and cotton plantations, along with smaller rice plantations. Slave labor from West Africa operated the plantations and by 1860, fifty percent of the population was enslaved.

Lafayette Name Change

The name of the city changed from Vermilionville to Lafayette in 1884. The city was named after French General Marquis de Lafayette who was a hero in French and American Revolutions. By 1884, Lafayette had a railway stop and a growing population. The arrival of the railroad helped propel the town from an agricultural village to a center of commerce and trade. In 1901, the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (SLII), now UL Lafayette, opened its door to students.
Oil Boom

In the 1940s, oil was discovered in Lafayette and the petroleum and natural gas industries became dominant growing the local economy. The Heymann Oil Center was established in 1952 to provide commercial office space for the oil and gas industries. The oil industry in Lafayette has continued to expand and Louisiana is now one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas in the country.

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Bart Bernard Named One of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana

November 20, 2018 News 0 Comments

National Trial LawyersBart Bernard was selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers for Louisiana 2018 – a prestigious accolade bestowed on the nation’s most accomplished courtroom advocates.

This honor is extended to a select group of civil attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership skills and outstanding results as a trial lawyer – distinguished achievements that many attorneys are incapable of claiming.

Bart Bernard – Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana

Membership in this premier organization is by invitation only and limited to the top 100 trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellence in their respective state or region. Bart Bernard, a respected Lafayette personal injury lawyer, is proud to join the ranks of this elite group of trial attorneys and considers it a privilege to provide effective, results-driven advocacy.

Attorney Bart Bernard was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana and his J.D. from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, he clerked for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gerald H. Schiff and then joined the legal department at the New Orleans branch of Harrod’s Casino. In 1997, he founded the Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers in Lafayette, advocating for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, offshore and maritime accidents and cases involving industrial workplace injuries.

With millions of dollars in jury verdicts secured for his clients, Bart Bernard has the skills and expertise to be successful in the courtroom. His numerous trial wins have earned him inclusion in the Elite Lawyers of America as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

About the National Trial Lawyers

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization that provides accreditation to distinguished lawyers based on a rigorous, multi-phase selection process. The criteria used to evaluate prospective members includes:

  • Year’s verdicts and settlements as a trial attorney
  • Outstanding reputation among peers, the public and the judiciary
  • Leadership skills and inclusion in other trial lawyer associations
  • Peer nominations from top trial lawyers, and current members of The National Trial Lawyers
  • Consistently high ratings and rankings by established legal organizations

Bart’s passion for helping people, especially those in the local communities of Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is the driving force in his illustrious career.

To schedule a private consultation with Louisiana personal injury lawyer Bart Bernard, please call today. Hit Hard with Bart Bernard™.

First Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Results in $289 Million Verdict

August 16, 2018 News 0 Comments

justice engraved on a courthouseFor decades, Monsanto has denied a link between cancer and the glyphosate in their commercial weed killer, Roundup. However, on August 10th, 2018, a U.S. federal court jury in California delivered a $289 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The final decision included $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Dewayne Johnson, mixed and sprayed hundreds of gallons of Roundup during his time as a school groundskeeper in Benicia, California. On several occasions, there were accidents that soaked him from head to toe in Roundup. He was subsequently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. Lesions cover 80 percent of his body, and on bad days, he can hardly speak. In July 2017, after years of chemotherapy and other treatments, Johnson was told he had just six months to live. His wife works two 40-hour-a-week jobs to support their two sons.

Doctors didn’t think the terminally ill 46-year-old would live to see the verdict, but he was there for the three days of deliberation. He told reporters he couldn’t stop crying after the verdict was announced, stating he was “so relieved that the truth came out in this trial.”

Johnson’s attorney brought in expert witnesses and alleged the company knew of product dangers as far back as the 1970s, but maintained a “deliberate effort to distort the truth” to reap hefty profits. Jurors agreed that the company knew or should have known of health hazards associated with Roundup, and concluded Mosanto should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard.

Despite Loss in Court, Monsanto Denies Liability

The defense counsel argued that Johnson’s type of cancer takes many years to form, rather than the two years between his first exposure in 2012 and his diagnosis in 2014. “We don’t know why people get mycosis fungoides,” said Monsanto lawyer George Lombardi. “It would be nice if we could tell people why they get it, but we can’t,” he added.

Monsanto Vice President Scott Patridge immediately released this statement following the verdict:

“We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family. Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews – and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world – support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.”

He announced that the company will appeal this decision and will continue to vigorously defend the product. As CNN reports, the appeal won’t come cheap to Bayer, who recently acquired Monsanto. It will cost about $25 million in interest on the damages while the case is being appealed.

Monsanto Verdict “Opens Up The Floodgates” For Thousands of Lawsuits

Johnson’s lawsuit was the first of its kind to reach trial. Fox News reports that the verdict is likely to “open up the floodgates” for thousands of similar lawsuits. They report there are about 4,000 claims filed in various state courts across the country. One advantage of filing in state court, as Johnson did, is that outcomes can sometimes be expedited, particularly if the patient is dying.

Additionally, as of August 2018, 470 pending lawsuits were consolidated under MDL 2741, before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California. These cases have been streamlined for efficiency on the basis of having similar claims for injury, but will be heard individually based on their own merits – as opposed to a class action lawsuit, which would feasibly result in the same settlement for each party included.

Louisiana product liability lawyer Bart Bernard is currently accepting injury claims from individuals and their families who believe there is a link between Roundup use and cancer. Like California, Louisiana allows for expedited trials for plaintiffs who are terminally ill. Contact us for a free case evaluation and to explore your legal options.

Additional Monsanto Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Resources:

  1. CBS News – Bayer Shares Slump After $289 Million Monsanto Roundup Verdict,
  2. US District Court – District Judge Vince Chhabria,
  3. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation – MDL Statistis Report,
  4. Monsanto – Statement from Scott Patridge,
  5. Fortune – Monsanto Has to Pay $289 Million in Damages in First Roundup Cancer Trial,
  6. Fox Business – $289 M Cancer Verdict Opens Up Floodgates For Thousands of Other Lawsuits,
  7. CNN – Monsanto Johnson Trial Verdict,

Bayer Halts Sales of Essure Birth Control Implant Linked to Injuries

July 31, 2018 News 0 Comments

woman facing bankruptcyCiting a decrease in sales, Bayer announced it would stop selling its Essure birth control implant in the United States. The German pharmaceutical giant billed the implant as an effective non-surgical sterilization method for women, but thousands have blamed the device for horrific complications including organ perforations, autoimmune problems and chronic pain.

Over the past several years, Bayer has been slapped with thousands of product liability lawsuits, claiming it misrepresented the safety of the Essure device and downplayed the risks. Bayer had already pulled the birth control implant off shelves in Europe, the U.K. and Canada as demand fell and complaints escalated.

Public health advocates have questioned Essure’s safety for years. Today, an estimated 16,000 American women are suing Bayer over Essure birth control complications and injuries.

FDA orders Black Box warning on Essure label

The Essure contraceptive device was approved by the FDA in 2002. Comprised of two micro-thin metal coils, the implant is placed inside the fallopian tubes, where it triggers scar tissue formation that blocks sperm from reaching the ovaries. Bayer promoted Essure as a safe non-invasive alternative to tubal ligation, but soon after hitting the marketplace, complaints of troublesome side effects began to pour in.

Spurred by mounting reports of serious injuries and adverse events related to the Essure implant, the FDA ordered Bayer to add a “Black Box” on its product label and also ordered Bayer to provide a checklist to doctors of potential risks that must be discussed with patients prior to implantation.

Since its launch in 2002, more than 750,000 women have been implanted with Bayer’s Essure device. But according to the FDA, demand dropped significantly after the Black Box warning was instated.

Diana Zuckerman, President of a nonprofit think tank focused on health research told ABC News “The FDA should have required a moratorium on sales and requested that new data be submitted in a much more timely fashion.” Her sentiments are not unique. Patient-driven rallies concerning Essure injuries and risks have been organized around the country.

In April of this year, the FDA said it would hold Bayer accountable for assuring that potential patients were being informed about the implant’s risks.

Reports of complications linked to Essure

One of the primary complaints in litigation against Bayer is that Essure can migrate inside the body, moving from the fallopian tubes to the uterus, where it can cause lasting damage. One woman, Angie Firmalino, experienced Essure migration and had the implant removed. She says the device ravaged her reproductive system and left behind toxic metal particles. Like many others, she suffered from constant bleeding, pain and other debilitating symptoms.

Other side effects cited in Essure lawsuits:

  • Uterine perforation
  • Device migration
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Infection
  • Pelvic pain
  • Hair loss
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Bowel and bladder injury

Do you have a claim for damages?

Medical device injury attorney Bart Bernard offers skilled representation to women who have suffered complications or injuries from the Essure birth control implant. To learn more about your rights to compensation, call our offices toll-free at 1-888-GET-BART.

Additional Resources:

  1. Washington Post, Sales of Essure birth control implant to be halted by Bayer; U.S. last to sell controversial device
  2. NY Times, Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants