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UnitedHealth, OptumRX targeted in latest class-action suit alleging prescription scam

Carrie Salls Nov. 27, 2016, 11:01pm

NEW ORLEANS – A UnitedHealth Group Inc. plan participant has filed suit against the insurance company for allegedly overcharging for prescription drugs after New Orleans television station Fox 8 revealed the findings of its investigations into prescription drug costs.  

Charter school CEO addresses gifted funding, education concerns

Carrie Salls Oct. 7, 2016, 6:01pm

NEW ORLEANS – A group of current and former employees and parents of students at Lusher Charter School are claiming that the school is not using funds earmarked for gifted student services properly.

Lil Wayne royalties lawsuit bogged down by document requests

Carrie Salls Sep. 29, 2016, 10:39am

NEW ORLEANS – A legal battle between artist Dwayne Carter Jr.., also known as Lil Wayne, and Bryan “Birdman” Williams over $51 million in royalties allegedly owed to Lil Wayne continues to drag on in a Louisiana state court, even as Lil Wayne released a track with no mention of Williams' Young Money record label’s joint venture with Cash Money Records.

Attorney: Court reporters board bound by challenged statute

Carrie Salls Sep. 3, 2016, 5:13pm

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters is bound by a decades-old law prohibiting the use of high-volume contracts by reporting firms, according to the attorney representing the board in an anti-competition lawsuit filed by Veritext Corp. 

Attorney: Officers who questioned exonerated woman knew of mental illness

Carrie Salls Sep. 3, 2016, 3:58pm

RENO, Nev. – Cleared of a murder charge after spending 35 years in prison for the crime, Anita Carter, also known as Cathy Woods, has filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana officers who obtained a false confession, as well as against law enforcement officials in Nevada.

Saints, Pelicans owner, trustees working to resolve ownership dispute

Carrie Salls Sep. 3, 2016, 11:14am

NEW ORLEANS – The attorney representing one of two trustees named in a lawsuit filed by New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson said the parties are working hard to iron out their differences with a February trial date looming.   

Court rejects Similasan labeling settlement after attorneys general point out unfairness

Carrie Salls Aug. 24, 2016, 3:39pm

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has rejected a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against Similasan Corp. that alleges false and deceptive labeling of Similasan’s homeopathic products.

Anti-corruption blog investigation in Terrebonne Parish is allowed to continue

Carrie Salls Aug. 14, 2016, 3:35pm

HOUMA – Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has vowed to continue investigating the “Exposedat” anti-corruption blog despite the fact that it includes information about himself and his wife's employer, local politician and insurance broker Tony Alford.

Senate resolution that approved closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center deemed null and void

Carrie Salls Jul. 9, 2016, 6:33pm

BATON ROUGE – A state Senate resolution that was partially responsible for the June 30, 2014 closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville was recently deemed “null and void” by a judge in the 19th Judicial District Court.

Study refutes Louisiana voucher program lawsuit claim

Carrie Salls Jul. 3, 2016, 5:47pm

BATON ROUGE – A study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform revealed that them Louisiana Voucher Program has reduced racial desegregation in public schools, contradicting a federal lawsuit filed in 2013 that claimed otherwise.

Father extends fight to control late son's remains up to Louisiana Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Jun. 14, 2016, 4:14pm

NEW ORLEANS – Eugene Sonnier II recently asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to review a case related to ownership of the remains of and burial plot for his son, Eugene Sonnier III, who died in 2013 while serving in the United States Air Force.

New allegations revealed in Destrehan teacher sex abuse saga

Carrie Salls Jun. 8, 2016, 4:37pm

HAHNVILLE – The latest allegations in a sex abuse case involving Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne were revealed in a lawsuit filed by a student and his parents against the English teacher, colleague Rachel Respess and the St. Charles Parish Public School System.

Tulane Law grads endow scholarship to grow diversity

Carrie Salls May 28, 2016, 11:39am

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Law School graduates Gary Crosby and Robert Waldrup are working to endow a diversity scholarship for Tulane Law students in an effort to thank the benefactors of the scholarships that helped them diffuse the costs of a legal education and to “pay it forward” to give future students the same opportunities. The pair hopes the endowment will launch similar diversity efforts within the school.

Personal experiences drive Tulane Law graduate's immigration law dreams

Carrie Salls May 27, 2016, 5:48pm

NEW ORLEANS – Alexis Ruiz’s nearly lifelong memory of her mother’s immigration-related issues sparked her interest in becoming an immigration attorney at an early age. Today, Ruiz is a 2016 Tulane Law School graduate who served as the first Latina president of the Tulane chapter of the Student Bar Association, and has been lauded by her peers and school officials for her work.

Weems adds Louisiana Legend to lifetime of achievements

Carrie Salls May 14, 2016, 2:01pm

ALEXANDRIA – Charles S. Weems III’s considerable contributions to the law and the community earned him recognition as a Louisiana Legend at the Louisiana Legends Award Gala and Auctions held earlier this month by the Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) in Baton Rouge.

As inmates languish in jail without public defenders, lawsuits start rolling in

Carrie Salls May 11, 2016, 7:19pm

NEW ORLEANS –Two New Orleans attorneys recently filed lawsuits on behalf of four inmates who have been incarcerated for months following their arrests without representation, victims of a budget crisis that has resulted in a lengthy waiting list for public defender services.