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Call for reports and database follow racial profiling suit

John Breslin Nov. 27, 2016, 12:30pm

NEW ORLEANS — A wrongful arrest lawsuit filed by a visiting professor and his teenage son has prompted calls for a database detailing the race of those arrested by police across Louisiana.

Judge knocks back state request in stripper suit

John Breslin Nov. 25, 2016, 2:41pm

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has ruled the state of Louisiana cannot introduce evidence collected for a criminal trial to help its case defending a law barring those under 21 from stripping under certain circumstances.

After bruising election, plaintiff lawyers accused of trying to stack Louisiana Supreme Court

John Breslin Nov. 22, 2016, 4:33pm

LAFAYETTE — After one of the most bruising and expensive judicial election battles in the history of Louisiana, the state's oil and gas interests and lawsuit reform activists have accused plaintiff lawyers of trying to stack the Louisiana Supreme Court in their favor.

Marketing of legal services using digital channels is potentially dangerous, critics warn

John Breslin Nov. 1, 2016, 1:55pm

Digital marketing of legal services to drum up tort cases is a new form of ambulance chasing, and a potentially dangerous one, critics of this new frontier of advertising charge.

Louisiana governor, attorney general argue over who can hire lawyers

John Breslin Oct. 30, 2016, 9:13pm

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana’s governor and its attorney general are involved in a dispute over who ultimately has, under the constitution, the authority to hire lawyers to represent the state.

Louisiana State Police face lawsuit for alleged false arrest of black 18-year-old

John Breslin Oct. 30, 2016, 7:48pm

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State Police's arrangement with the city of New Orleans permitting troopers to patrol the French Quarter is likely to come under scrutiny following the filing of a lawsuit by a university professor and his teenage son.

Former Tulane professor continues 20-year fight against judge

John Breslin Oct. 11, 2016, 5:07pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 years after Carol Bernofsky first filed suit for wrongful dismissal from his job as a biochemistry professor, he is still fighting what he believes is a grave injustice.

Xarelto manufacturer, distributor face more than 9,000 lawsuits

John Breslin Oct. 10, 2016, 11:56pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against the makers and distributors of the blood thinner Xarelto including more than 7,000 just in Louisiana.

Governor urged to retreat from threat to sue oil and gas companies

John Breslin Oct. 10, 2016, 11:13pm

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards has been strongly urged to reconsider the pressure he's placed on parishes to sue oil and gas companies over alleged damage to coasts caused by their operations.

Study author argues for changes in Louisiana consumer protection law

John Breslin Sep. 15, 2016, 10:10am

Changes aimed at curbing the number and breadth of lawsuits must be introduced to prevent the abuse of the current consumer protection law, a study of Louisiana’s consumer protection law concludes.

New York bar foundation offers help to Louisiana flood victims

John Breslin Sep. 8, 2016, 8:28pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Bar Association, through its charitable arm, is soliciting donations to help flood victims in Louisiana to cope with what are likely to be a labyrinth of legal issues.

Settlement reached in suit against housing authority head

John Breslin Sep. 8, 2016, 12:25pm

BATON ROUGE – A three-year federal lawsuit accusing the executive director of a Terrebonne Parish housing authority of sexual harassment and retaliation against a former employee has been settled.

Tom Benson's mental competency files to remain sealed

John Breslin Apr. 16, 2016, 4:49pm

NEW ORLEANS – Records relating to the Tom Benson mental competency case will remain under seal following a ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Appeals court mulling coastal erosion lawsuit appeal after hearing oral arguments

John Breslin Mar. 31, 2016, 3:00pm

BATON ROUGE – An appeals court presiding over a lawsuit that claims dozens of oil companies are responsible for damage to Louisiana’s coast line recently heard oral arguments in the case, but has yet to hand down a ruling in the case. 

Baton Rouge news station wants White Castle to release video after reporter detained

John Breslin Mar. 29, 2016, 7:46pm

WHITE CASTLE – A news station has filed a public records request for surveillance video of the lobby of a town hall where one of its reporters was handcuffed and then escorted from the building on Friday.

New Orleans' Confederate statues to remain standing while lawsuit continues

John Breslin Mar. 28, 2016, 4:31pm

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday barred New Orleans from removing three monuments to Confederate leaders while a lawsuit challenging the city is still before the court.

Appeal over Saints owner's competency claims he should have testified in court

John Breslin Mar. 25, 2016, 5:39pm

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson faces further court action after his daughter and grandchildren filed an appeal challenging lower courts’ rulings that the billionaire is mentally competent to run his sports teams.

Benson mentally capable of running Saints and Pelicans, appeal court affirms

John Breslin Feb. 26, 2016, 11:41am

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints’ owner Tom Benson is mentally capable of running the football team and the city’s basketball franchise, an appeals court ruled this week.

Appointment of a former attorney general to key conservation post 'unprecedented'

John Breslin Feb. 22, 2016, 11:10pm

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edward's appointment of a former attorney general -- rather than a scientist -- as a Louisiana commissioner of conservation  is unprecedented in the state, Melissa Landry, executive director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, said recently.

Daughter gains control of Benson trust fund

John Breslin Feb. 21, 2016, 10:44pm

NEW ORLEANS — The estranged daughter of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has gained control of a trust set up in the name of her late mother.