Amanda S. Stout is of counsel in the firm's Baton Rouge office. Amanda's defense practice is focused on the areas of commercial litigation, labor and employment law and aviation litigation at both the trial level and the appellate level. Her commercial litigation practice includes a focus on consumer finance litigation and general business litigation representing businesses in a wide range of commercial lease disputes, contract disputes and related commercial litigation matters. In her labor and employment practice, Amanda represents management, providing counseling and preventive advice to businesses and other organizations and defending employers in disputes with their employees and former employees.
Consumer Financial Services
Amanda’s commercial litigation focuses in large part on consumer finance litigation. She has represented a number of financial institutions and financial service entities on a wide variety of issues, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Regulation Z, and the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), state unfair trade practices laws, among others.
Labor and Employment
Amanda has defended local governmental entities as well as private employers against various allegations of violations of federal and state statutes governing discrimination, harassment, whistleblower claims, wage and hour claims and noncompete agreements. Additionally, Amanda has represented employers in responding to allegations brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights and the U.S. Department of Labor. Amanda also works with clients to prevent employment claims by drafting policy manuals, conducting training seminars for managers and employees and advising clients on employment decisions, such as hiring and termination.
- Summary judgment granted in favor of national bank dismissing customer’s demand for reimbursement of in excess of $480,000 which was fraudulently transferred by the customer’s employee to the employee’s personal checking account.
- Summary judgment granted in favor of national bank / lender dismissing mortgagoree’s claim to remove private mortgage insurance from the mortgagoree’s mortgage loan account.
- Summary judgment granted in favor of national bank / lender dismissing mortgagoree’s claim for wrongful foreclosure and return of the mortgaged property following sheriff’s sale.
- Summary judgment affirmed dismissing state and federal disability discrimination and retaliation claims against nationwide supplier of facility maintenance products.
- Summary judgment granted in favor of national auto parts dealer dismissing plaintiff's pregnancy discrimination claim.
- Negotiated a significant reduction in overtime payments during a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employee misclassification investigation by the US Department of Labor for a management services provider to public and private housing agencies.
- Obtained dismissal of race discrimination claims under the federal Fair Housing Act and state Equal Housing Opportunity Act under investigation by the Louisiana Department of Justice for regional property management firm and owner of the property.
- Priority Staffing, Inc. v. Regions Bank, 2013 WL 5462239 (W.D. La. 9/30/13)
- Nelda McManus v. Continental Airlines, Inc., 2013 WL 2471679 Civil Action No. 11-1838 (W.D. La. 6/6/13)
- James Palmer v. Chase Home Finance, LLC, Civil Action No. 11-15642013 WL 160381 (E.D. La. 1/15/13)
- Walid Mizyed v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., Civil Action No. 12-0382, (E.D. La. 05/15/12)
- Mizyed v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2012 WL 1672810 (E.D. La. 5/14/12)
- Mary Ann Tigert v. American Airlines, Inc.; DAL Global Services, L.L.C., 2009 WL 521597 (W.D. La. Dec. 28, 2009), aff'd No. 10-30069, ____ F.3d ____ (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2010)
- Kevin Sterling v. City of New Roads, Civil Appeal No. 10-30113 (5th Cir. 6/25/10)
- Lacaze v. W.W. Grainger, Inc., 2005 WL 1629936 (W.D. La. 7/7/05), aff'd, 2006 WL 678669 (5th Cir. 3/16/06)
- Louisiana State Bar Association, House of Delegates (2012–2017)
- Baton Rouge Bar Association, Bar Governance Committee (2013–2014), Young Lawyers Section Council (2010, Chair 2011, Past-Chair 2012); Judge Joseph Keogh Award recipient, 2009; Belly up with the Bar Committee (2005, 2006, Co-Chair 2007, Chair 2008, 2009), CLE Committee (2013)
- Dean Henry George McMahon American Inn of Court, Secretary (2007–2009), former associate member
- The Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter
- "Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year," Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2012
- "Outstanding Service Project of the Year," Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2012
Community and Other Activities
- Capital Area United Way, Board of Directors, 2012–2017; Board Secretary
- Capital Area CASA Association, Board of Directors, 2015
- First United Methodist Church, Early Learning Center Committee, 2015–2017 (Chair); UMW Mary and Martha Committee, 2014–2016; Education Council, 2006–2010 (Chair, 2007–2010); Church Council, 2008–2010; Executive Committee, 2008–2010