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One environmental proposal sponsored by Connick fails, another still alive for next regular session

Karen Kidd Jun. 27, 2016, 8:58am

BATON ROUGE – With the state legislature's rejection of a proposal that would have required facilities violating state and federal pollution guidelines to install fence-line air monitoring systems, a bill that did pass in regular session has caught a business industry advocate's eye.

Judiciary Commission of Louisiana adds new member using unique selection process

Karen Kidd Jun. 24, 2016, 9:36am

NEW ORLEANS – Breaux Bridge educator Ashley Gary Higginbotham is the newest member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, the state's judicial disciplinary agency, which has a unique method for adding members compared to similar agencies in other states.

Defendents in WTC litigation praise new legislation while plaintiff questions its constitutionality

Karen Kidd Jun. 18, 2016, 4:01pm

NEW ORLEANS – A bill recently signed into law meant to prevent the type of litigation that has stalled development of New Orleans' former World Trade Center is being called unconstitutional by an ?attorney for the plaintiff in that litigation.

Landrieu happy to see legislation spawned by WTC redevelopment on governor's desk

Karen Kidd Jun. 9, 2016, 3:13pm

NEW ORLEANS – The office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pleased that the state legislature passed onto the governor legislation aimed at preventing the type of litigation that now embroils the city's former World Trade Center, a spokesman said.

Legislation spawned by challenged WTC development bid on its way to governor

Karen Kidd Jun. 7, 2016, 8:17am

NEW ORLEANS – Legislation aimed at preventing the type of litigation that now embroils New Orleans' former World Trade Center passed the state Senate during its session on Sunday and now is on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

WTC developer to ask appeal court to reconsider its revocation of lower court ruling

Karen Kidd Jun. 4, 2016, 7:03am

NEW ORLEANS – The winning bidder to develop New Orleans' former World Trade Center, embroiled in a court battle with one of the losing bidders, will ask an appeals court to reconsider its decision to revoke a lower court judge's order that a Florida business man appear for deposition.

Development company files memorandum bolstering its claimed right to sue over WTC development

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 2:36pm

NEW ORLEANS – With a hearing date looming after the long Memorial Day weekend, attorneys for the company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center in New Orleans have filed a memorandum they hope will bolster their right to sue the city.

Bill spawned by stalled New Orleans WTC redevelopment headed to House debate, vote

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 10:19am

NEW ORLEANS – A bill that once stood to cost the losing bidder in the World Trade Center redevelopment litigation tens of millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuits against the city, but now likely won't, is headed to the state House floor.

Landry denies bill enhancing attorney general's budgetary control is a power grab

Karen Kidd May 25, 2016, 10:51am

BATON ROUGE  – House Bill 105, which would provide the Louisiana Attorney General's Office more power over its budget by taking those powers away from the governor, remains in a Senate committee as adjournment looms, but the attorney general is optimistic the bill will prevail, a spokeswoman said.

Resolution would direct Louisiana Law Institute to examine state discovery rules

Karen Kidd May 20, 2016, 5:15pm

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution set for hearing on Monday looks largely like a bit of legislative housekeeping, but could have implications for discovery procedures attorneys in the state are required to follow.

LACDL monitoring bill making domestic violence, sex assault acts admissible in civil cases

Karen Kidd May 20, 2016, 5:14pm

BATON ROUGE – Proposed legislation currently in the state House that would allow prior acts of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other offenses to be admissible in civil cases also includes provisions for criminal prosecution, an attorney who has testified before the Louisiana Senate about similar bills, said during a recent interview.

Louisiana Bar: Proposed arbitration award legislation, SB 451, 'is a bad bill'

Karen Kidd May 19, 2016, 7:25am

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Bar Association clearly opposes state Senate Bill 451, scheduled to be heard before a House committee on Monday, which would change the state's arbitration awards law.

Mayor: Bill set for hearing in House has implications beyond WTC development

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 4:10pm

NEW ORLEANS – A bill set for hearing before a state House committee later this month, which could cost one company millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuit over the former World Trade Center development, is a self-defense measure, a spokesman for New Orleans' mayor said.

Bill that could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions scheduled for May 23 House hearing

Karen Kidd May 11, 2016, 4:46pm

NEW ORLEANS –  Representatives of Two Canal Street Investors plan to address a state House committee considering a bill that could cost the company millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuit against the city of New Orleans over development of the World Trade Center, a company attorney says.

Two Louisiana environmental groups petition EPA to stop paper mill discharge into Arkansas creek

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 11:02pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Louisiana Record) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received a petition from two Louisiana environmental advocacy groups seeking to stop an Arkansas paper mill's daily discharge of millions of gallons of wastewater, an EPA spokesman said.

Attorney: Memorandum for motion to dismiss is defense attempt to avoid trial in WTC case

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 10:37pm

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – An attorney for the company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center in New Orleans said the latest filing by defendants in the case is another attempt to avoid trail.

Baton Rouge businessman sued after claiming deceased partner's life insurance payout

Karen Kidd May 4, 2016, 11:06am

BATON ROUGE  – An attorney representing the minor children of an estranged couple who died in a murder-suicide in November is saying little about the lawsuit filed against their father's business partner, a Baton Rouge man who collected their father's $500,000 life insurance payout.

DA association backs bill aimed at troubled Louisiana Public Defender Board

Karen Kidd Apr. 30, 2016, 12:11pm

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Public Defender Board is under fire for how it funds defendant representation in capital murder cases and is the target of a state House Bill that would winnow its membership as the state's public defenders crisis continues to deepen.

Jefferson Parish cabbies considering options in dismissed case against UberX drivers

Karen Kidd Apr. 29, 2016, 1:47pm

GRETNA – Jefferson Parish cabbies suing UberX drivers over alleged unfair trade practices are weighing their options now that a judge has dismissed their case.

City disputes contents of white paper on World Trade Center dispute given to Senate

Karen Kidd Apr. 27, 2016, 6:03pm

NEW ORLEANS – The city of New Orleans and other defendants in litigation brought by a company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center dispute the contents of a white paper an attorney for the company provided to members of a state Senate committee.