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Tulane grad, Alabama judge being considered as Scalia replacement

Dee Thompson Nov. 18, 2016, 2:30pm

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will choose one of the names on his previously announced “shortlist” of 11 judges to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February, which includes a judge from the South. 

Arbitration expert predicts Supreme Court review in Sky Zone decision

Mike Helenthal Nov. 3, 2016, 11:12am

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana Supreme Court decision declining to enforce a waiver contract that a trampoline park required its customers to sign before jumping could still face the test of a U.S. Supreme Court review.

Sexting incident between parish president, teen draws federal scrutiny and local demands for resignation

Christopher Knoll Oct. 30, 2016, 4:47pm

HARAHAN — Ever since the allegations of sexting a 17-year-old boy in 2015 surfaced in early October, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni has been a no-show at a council meeting, declined to answer questions posed by a joint team of investigative reporters from the NOLA defender and WWL-TV. Instead, Yenni has released a one-minute video-recorded message that the defender derisively called a “commercial."

Louisiana PAC picks Judge Castle after recent debate

Tara Mapes Oct. 9, 2016, 12:18am

LAFAYETTE - Two candidates for seats on the Louisiana Supreme Court recently squared off at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana flooding expected to yield more lawsuits

Stephen Silver Sep. 5, 2016, 1:00pm

WALKER – The recent flooding in Louisiana could lead to an influx of lawsuits seeking government compensation for flood damage. 

Texas man files suit Calumet Specialty Products Partners after truck explosion

Deana Carpenter Jul. 19, 2016, 9:06am

DALLAS – A Denison, Texas man has filed a suit against Calumet Specialty Products Partners over claims he was severely burned by nearly 400-degree asphalt after a truck exploded at Calumet’s Shreveport refinery location.

Law prof: Excessive use of force cases made more difficult by Supreme Court ruling

Jamie Kelly Jul. 9, 2016, 7:03pm

NEW ORLEANS—The father of a man shot and killed by St. Tammany Parish deputies in October has sued the sheriff’s office, claiming excessive force, but a  2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision might make his case difficult to win. 

Louisiana joins 21-state suit against Delaware for $150 million in unclaimed checks

Kerry Goff Jun. 26, 2016, 7:08pm

BATON ROUGE – Attorneys general from 21 states, including Louisiana, are suing Delaware, claiming that the state has wrongly held onto at least $150 million in uncashed Moneygram checks that should be going to other states.

Louisiana AG victorious as Supreme Court ruling squashes Obama's immigration amnesty program

Kerry Goff Jun. 24, 2016, 2:37pm

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that  effectively stalled a controversial amnesty program pushed by the Obama administration to reform immigration policy meant to pave the way for 4.5 million undocumented immigrants to gain legal status and protect them from deportation. 

Baton Rouge's Federalist Society chapter promises to keep Scalia's legacy alive

Michael Carroll Mar. 29, 2016, 12:24pm

BATON ROUGE – The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have been a blow to those who live by the principles of limited government and traditional values, but many local attorneys who share Scalia’s outlook continue to meet, discuss and promote those principles.

Outcome of abortion case before U.S. Supreme Court will be felt in Louisiana

Michael Carroll Feb. 29, 2016, 10:48pm

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and other state officials scored a victory last week when a federal appeals court decided that new state restrictions on doctors who perform abortions may go forward, but a similar case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will likely bring the final word on the matter.

La. AG commissioner celebrates federal court ruling against WOTUS enforcement

Anna Aguillard Oct. 29, 2015, 2:32pm

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued a nationwide stay temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA), much to the approval of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain. 

U.S. Supreme Court denies BP hearing on multi-billion dollar oil spill settlement

Kyle Barnett Dec. 8, 2014, 4:37pm

Deepwater Horizon oil rig

Secret Service probe into Deepwater Horizon fraud scheme nets 27

Kyle Barnett Nov. 26, 2014, 9:24am

NEW ORLEANS – As BP’s petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Deepwater Horizon settlement is being considered, an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service has concluded with the arrest of 27 people who are accused of trying to defraud the settlement program by filing fraudulent claims.

U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Louisiana parish lawsuits that would have resulted in 'regulatory chaos'

Kyle Barnett Oct. 21, 2014, 6:01pm

NEW ORLEANS – BP PLC notched up a legal victory on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on a case brought against the oil giant by 11 Louisiana parishes for alleged aquatic and wildlife damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

BP seeks return of hundreds of millions in disputed overpayments

Kyle Barnett Jun. 30, 2014, 8:23pm

NEW ORLEANS – After more than a year of arguing that the business economic losses BP was paying out were overinflated and did not represent real losses, BP has inched closer to  potentially recovering hundreds of millions it says should have never been awarded.

BP files emergency appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in suspension of claims payouts

Kyle Barnett Jun. 3, 2014, 6:40am

U.S. Federal Judge Carl Barbier

Let the Sunshine In!: Transparency bill will help curb cronyism in the AG’s office

Melissa Landry Apr. 21, 2014, 3:27pm

Melissa Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch

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.

Jindal and Vitter criticize high court's support of healthcare act

Kyle Barnett Jun. 28, 2012, 8:43am

U.S. Senator David Vitter and Governor Bobby Jindal BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal and Senator David Vitter have released statements in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act.