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Coastal erosion lawsuits are expensive treasure hunt that won't pay off, LLAW executive director says

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2017, 11:43am

BATON ROUGE – Last week's federal appeals court decision in favor of oil and gas producers accused of causing erosion along the coast is a strong message for Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority board, a tort reform advocate said.

Fourth Circuit affirms dismissal of World Trade Center development lawsuit

Karen Kidd Feb. 26, 2017, 11:19pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Florida businessman's litigation blocking World Trade Center development appears to be headed to the Louisiana Supreme Court, but the winning bidder's spokesman has claimed validation in a recent appeals-court decision.

Constitutional challenge to Slidell's panhandling ordinance unavoidable, law professor and attorney say

Karen Kidd Jan. 25, 2017, 8:56pm

SLIDELL — A St. Tammany Parish city that recently promised a judge it wouldn't enforce its allegedly unconstitutional panhandling-permit law should have expected a challenge, a Loyola University law professor and an attorney said in recent separate interviews.

WTC litigation expected to continue for months

Karen Kidd Dec. 28, 2016, 7:52pm

NEW ORLEANS – Despite the call by 10 current and former World Trade Center of New Orleans executives to expedite redevelopment of the riverfront property, a Florida businessman's litigation continues to block the work.

Fannie Mae's failure to maintain foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods is modern redlining, New Orleans housing advocate says

Karen Kidd Dec. 18, 2016, 3:58pm

NEW ORLEANS — Fannie Mae's failure to properly maintain foreclosed properties in minority communities, as alleged in a federal lawsuit, is a new twist on an old, discriminatory business practice, a New Orleans fair housing advocate said.

Edwards' attempt to hire campaign donors as attorneys helps keep Louisiana on ATRA's Judicial Hellhole list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 1:56pm

BATON ROUGE – Despite its governor's reported efforts to hire campaign donors as attorneys, Louisiana has dropped from the No. 6 to seventh position on American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, which was issued earlier today.

Family appeals civil forfeiture from drug raid, have heavy burden of proof

Karen Kidd Dec. 4, 2016, 9:53pm

HOUMA – Former area convenience store owner Mohamed Nagi and his family are appealing an approximate $1 million in civil forfeiture stemming from a June 2013 synthetic marijuana raid and appear to have a heavy burden of proof, a spokesman for an activist group said during a recent interview.

TCSI has only days remaining to appeal WTC development case dismissal

Karen Kidd Nov. 29, 2016, 12:16pm

NEW ORLEANS – The winning bidders for the job to renovate and revitalize the World Trade Center are waiting out the last few days to see if the latest dismissal of the case holding up that work will be the last. Two Canal Street Investors, losing bidder and plaintiff in the case that didn't send legal counsel or any officers to the most recent hearing, has only days remaining to appeal Orleans Civil District Court Judge Tiffany Chase's decision to again dismiss the

Judge to rule in November whether to dismiss World Trade Center litigation

Karen Kidd Nov. 11, 2016, 7:03pm

NEW ORLEANS – The presiding judge for pending litigation involving the bidding process to renovate the World Trade Center has said she will take more than a month to consider two motions to dismiss the case, according to one of two filings logged Nov. 7.

Judges should be barred from hearing campaign donor's cases, LSU law professor says

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2016, 9:51pm

BATON ROUGE  – While trial lawyers and other such groups have every right to make campaign contributions, they're not immune to the consequences of those donations, an Louisiana State University law professor said during a recent interview.

Law professor: Appointing, not electing, judges not 'undemocratic'

Karen Kidd Nov. 7, 2016, 9:44pm

NEW ORLEANS – If Louisianans are genuinely troubled by the huge amount of campaign funds being spent on judicial elections in the state, they could stop electing judges, a legal ethics expert at Loyola University said during a recent interview.

Louisiana State University law school students surpass state's passage rate

Karen Kidd Oct. 22, 2016, 6:18pm

&&& BATON ROUGE -- The dean of Louisiana State University's (LSU) law school expressed pride soon after this year's bar exam results were in that showed LSU has the highest percentage of students passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam.

Resigned TCSI president remains under judge's order to appear in World Trade Center litigation

Karen Kidd Oct. 14, 2016, 4:24pm

NEW ORLEANS – The now resigned president of a development company that has stalled work at the World Trade Center with litigation over how the city awarded a bid in the project remains under a judge's order to appear for deposition next week.

Louisiana governor targets oil and gas industries, alarming business lobbyists

Karen Kidd Oct. 6, 2016, 5:56pm

BATON ROUGE  – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' drive to generate new litigation against the oil and gas industry is a clarion call for the legislature to reassure all industries that the governor's actions don't reflect the state, a business lobby president said during a recent intervie

Recent activity in dismissed WTC development lawsuit means case remains alive

Karen Kidd Oct. 2, 2016, 10:30am

NEW ORLEANS – Anyone who thought development of New Orleans' former World Trade Center, stalled for more than a year by litigation over how the city awarded bids in the project, would move forward after a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit in the case last summer has been disappointed.

Surveys suggest unaffiliated Senate candidate who sued over party misattribution would do better as a Republican

Karen Kidd Oct. 1, 2016, 8:00pm

BATON ROUGE – The short-lived lawsuit filed by an unaffiliated candidate over being misidentified as a Republican in a poll last spring is over after a follow-up survey suggested he'd get more support if he did run for the GOP – but only slightly more.

Graves: Edwards' targeting of oil, gas industry is about politics, greed, not justice

Karen Kidd Sep. 29, 2016, 4:08pm

A Republican Louisiana congressman lodged a stinging rebuke at the state's Democrat governor for his attempts to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, saying it's more about buying Mercedes than obtaining justice.

LLAW director: Attempt to place political donors as attorneys in lawsuits will be hard for Edwards to live down

Karen Kidd Sep. 24, 2016, 6:19pm

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards may answer to the state's voters, but likely no one else, after trying to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, a spokeswoman for a legal watchdog group said during a recent interview.

Edwards using new litigation to deflect pay-to-play controversy, oil and gas industry statement says

Karen Kidd Sep. 23, 2016, 5:22pm

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to double down on coastal litigation against the oil and gas industry is an attempt to distract from his own questionable actions in existing cases, according to a recent industry statement.

Special counsel: Best and brightest in legal field attracted to health care law

Karen Kidd Sep. 2, 2016, 10:43am

BATON ROUGE – Health care law is attracting the best and brightest in the legal profession, according to the former Louisiana assistant attorney general currently on Jones Walker's new special counsel on the firm's health care practice team.