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Lafayette locals accuse VPPD of violating their constitutional rights

John Myers Mar. 15, 2017, 6:57pm

LAFAYETTE — Three Lafayette residents are accusing the Ville Platte Police Department of violating their constitutional rights — and their lawyer wants to see better treatment for all the area's citizens through a lawsuit.

U.S. prosecutes record number of shipping companies for alleged illegal dumping

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of cases involving shipping companies illegally dumping in U.S. waters in 2016.

Camden woman charged with faking Deepwater Horizon survivor's will

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 20, 2017, 3:42pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas woman has been indicted on charges that she created a fake will for a Deepwater Horizon survivor, giving the largest portion of his estate to her daughter following his death in an auto accident.

Family of deceased inmate sues Orleans Parish Sheriff

Christopher Knoll Dec. 11, 2016, 9:58pm

NEW ORLEANS — Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has been sued by the family of 34-year-old Orleans Parish inmate Calvin Thomas (a.k.a Calvin Deal).

DOJ reaches settlement with Louisiana Tech to desegregate A.E. Phillips School

Richard Jones Nov. 30, 2016, 6:16pm

MONROE – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement in a decade’s-long desegregation suit filed against the A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, a public school operating on Louisiana Tech University’s Lincoln Parish campus.

City of New Orleans seeks to settle fatal police shooting lawsuits

Chandra Lye Nov. 17, 2016, 6:15pm

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans has been making efforts to settle lawsuits in a couple of fatal police shooting instances that occurred after the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina.

Television producer settles case against Baton Rouge Police Department after being arrested recording police actions

Dee Thompson Nov. 6, 2016, 9:10am

BATON ROUGE — Television news reporter Brett Buffington’s lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department has been settled.

U.S. alleges taxpayer, property owners owe nearly $353,000

Michael Abella Sep. 6, 2016, 11:46am

LAKE CHARLES — The U.S. government is suing two Louisiana residents and a Texas woman, alleging they owe nearly $353,000 in unpaid federal taxes.

Wrongful prison death lawsuit shines light on growing problem in Louisiana

Andrew Burger Aug. 17, 2016, 3:11pm

BATON ROUGE -- A wrongful death lawsuit concerning a 72-year-old man who died in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison is moving forward.

New Orleans man facing up to 20 years in jail for false Deepwater Horizon claims

Kerry Goff Aug. 7, 2016, 10:32pm

NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Richard, 26, of New Orleans recently pled guilty to engaging in mail fraud, admitting to submitting a fraudulent application for disaster assistance money in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Immigration attorney's resignation accepted before disbarment proceedings began

Kerry Goff Jul. 28, 2016, 8:36pm

The Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accepted the resignation of attorney Julie Krull during disciplinary proceedings for disbarment.

Wheelchair-bound man alleges New Orleans Jazz Fest still isn't ADA compliant

Dawn Geske Jun. 27, 2016, 2:55pm

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is part of a lawsuit filed by a wheelchair-bound man who says organizers have't gone far enough in providing accessibility to patrons with disabilities.

Feds allege woman owes more than $1 million in tax penalties

The Louisiana Record May 5, 2016, 8:38pm

NEW ORLEANS – The federal government alleges a U.S. citizen currently living in Panama owes penalties in regards to a foreign bank account.

$20.8 billion settlement marks end of government litigation against BP

Emma Gallimore Apr. 9, 2016, 9:10pm

NEW ORLEANS – BP will pay a $20.8 billion settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal judge gave final approval on April 4.

Louisiana College president plans to defy Affordable Care Act

Kyle Barnett Aug. 17, 2012, 10:00am

Louisiana College President Joe Aguilard PINEVILLE – The president of a North Louisiana Baptist-affiliated college has vowed to defy provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would require the school to provide certain "emergency contraceptives" under their employee health plan.

Transocean wants explanation from rig workers invoking the Fifth

Steve Korris Oct. 4, 2011, 4:00am

Miller Five Deepwater Horizon workers must explain how they can pursue personal injury claims against rig owner Transocean while they plead Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination, U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled on Sept. 27.

Transocean wants claims of five who took Fifth dismissed

Steve Korris Sep. 13, 2011, 1:30am

Miller NEW ORLEANS – Deepwater Horizon oil rig owner Transocean claims workers hid behind the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions about their injuries.

BP to pay $1 billion for Gulf Coast restoration

Alejandro de los Rios Apr. 21, 2011, 12:59pm

Federal officials announced today that BP will pay $1 billion to fund various activities to help restore Gulf Coast habitats and wildlife.

Barbier says no to separating state and federal government claims from private suits

Steve Korris Jan. 28, 2011, 7:44am

Caldwell U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected pleas from the federal government and 15 states to separate their suits over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill from private civil suits.

Barbier orders Transocean to produce documents on all Gulf vessels

Alejandro de los Rios Dec. 17, 2010, 11:38am

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier granted a U.S. Department of Justice motion ordering Transocean to submit all external audits and inspection reports from all Gulf vessels for discovery in the Gulf oil spill multi-district litigation (MDL).