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Audler v. CBC Innovis Inc., 07-30229

In a class action brought against various defendants based on their allegedly erroneous determinations that property owned by plaintiff and the other class members was located outside of a Special Flood Hazard Area, plaintiff's appeal from a dismissal of the claims is dismissed in part and otherwise affirmed where: 1) plaintiff lacked standing to bring claims against any defendant other than one company which provides flood zone determinations to lenders; 2) under Louisiana law, the remaining defendant did not owe plaintiff a duty for purposes of negligence, negligent misrepresentation, and failure to warn claims; and 3) there was no reversible error as to dismissal of claims for detrimental reliance and breach of warranty.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/27/2008
  • Published 02/28/2008


  • CARL E. STEWART, Circuit Judge:, Before STEWART and OWEN, Circuit Judges, and MEANS, District Judge.


  • United States Fifth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • David A. Bowling (argued), Wilson, Bowling & McKinney, R. Glen Cater, Willis & Buckley, New Orleans, LA, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Harry Alston Johnson, III (argued), Marshall M. Redmon, Virginia Y. Trainor, Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge, LA, for CBC Innovis Inc., Paul H. Spaht, Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver & Blitzer, Baton Rouge, LA, for Advantage Air, Land and Sea Inc., Isaac H. Ryan, Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, New Orleans, LA, for America's Flood Services Inc. and Nationwide Total Flood Services Inc., Lance James Arnold, Baldwin, Haspel, Burke & Mayer LLC, New Orleans, LA, Steven Arthur Levy, Goldberg Kohn, Chicago, IL, for American Flood Research Inc., William J. Wegmann, Law Firm of William J. Wegmann, Metairie, LA, for Retail Merchants Association Inc., Larry Bruce Feldman, Jr., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans, LA, for Federal Flood Certification Corp., Landsafe Flood Determination Inc. and Stewart Mortgage Information., Benjamin Wesley Pitts, Kevin L. Cole, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, Mandeville, LA, for Floodgard Inc., Jeffrey Edward Richardson (argued), Charles F. Gay, Jr., Adams & Reese, New Orleans, LA, for FNIS Flood Services L.P. and Geotrac Inc., Nancy Jane Marshall, Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, New Orleans, LA, for Integrated Loan Services., Susan Fahey Desmond, Watkins, Ludlam, Winter & Stennis, Gulfport, MS, for Kroll Factual Data., Claude David Vasser, Jr., Vasser & Vasser, Baton Rouge, LA, for Property Research Data Ltd., Clark Willis Richards, Hilgers, Bell & Richards, Austin, TX, Vincent James Booth, New Orleans, LA, for Stormwater Research Group., Glenn Paul Orgeron, Lisa Ann Easterling, Kean, Miller, Hawthorne, D'Armond, McCowan & Jarman, New Orleans, LA, Stephen Julian Newman, Stroock & Stroock, Los Angeles, CA, for Trans Union Settlement Solutions Inc., Terrence K. Knister, Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans, LA, Charles A. Newman, Bryan Cave, St. Louis, MO, for Wells Fargo Ins. Inc. and First American Real Estate Solutions of Texas LP., Edward T. Lyons, Jr., Jones & Keller, P.C., Denver, CO, for Kroll Factual Data, Inc.