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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

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry supports federal court complaint to delay new overtime rule

Kathy Kaye Sep. 27, 2016, 5:27pm

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) recently announced its support of the federal court complaint filed by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry as part of a coalition of 21 states challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, set to go into effect nationwide on Dec. 1.

Sue or Get Out of the Way

Stephen Waguespack, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Sep. 27, 2016, 10:04am

On September 21, 2016, a letter was signed and sent by Governor John Bel Edwards to multiple coastal parishes in the state of Louisiana to “encourage” them to sue oil and gas companies in their parishes, as well as those that previously operated in the area. 

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.

Budget crisis, oil 'slump' push Louisiana down in rankings by business leaders

Taryn Phaneuf May 21, 2016, 11:38am

Business leaders’ regard for the Pelican state has changed drastically in the last year.

LABI calls on governor to simplify tax code

Sharon Brooks Hodge May 17, 2016, 7:39pm

BATON ROUGE – As a June special session of the Louisiana State Legislature appears imminent, an association of business executives says instead of raising revenue, the governor should focus on simplifying the tax code according to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).

Louisiana oil and gas industry responds to AG lawsuit takeover

Sean Fowler May 5, 2016, 10:52pm

BATON ROUGE – When lawsuits against oil and gas companies began flooding in from coastal Louisiana parishes after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the local oil and gas industry was concerned. But when Louisiana's attorney general moved to take over those cases, they felt it was time to make their voices heard.

New commercial highlights ‘rampant venue shopping’ in Louisiana

Jacob Bielanski Apr. 28, 2016, 12:29pm

NEW ORLEANS -- A new advertisement from a New Orleans law firm highlights a practice that some critics claim is eroding Louisiana’s already-tarnished judicial reputation.

Louisiana watchdog group: SB 254 is about generating lawsuits, not equal pay

Vimbai Chikomo Apr. 23, 2016, 7:51pm

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Senate passed a bill that would require many private employers to compensate men and women equally for the same work. Opponents, however, argue the bill would not only contradict federal and state laws prohibiting the discrimination addressed in the proposed bill, but it would open a floodgate of lawsuits.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry opposes state False Claims Act

Russell Boniface Apr. 15, 2016, 1:42pm

BATON ROUGE – A bill aiming to combat and prevent fraud and abuse committed by any person against the state government was recently introduced into the Louisiana State Legislature.

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry backs FACT Act

Vimbai Chikomo Feb. 4, 2016, 12:07pm

WASHINGTON — A bill aiming to promote transparency and access to information regarding asbestos claims was recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and has now been handed over to the Senate.

LABI endorses Vitter, 'concerned' over Edwards’ trial lawyer ties

Anna Aguillard Nov. 13, 2015, 11:26am

BATON ROUGE — All four branches of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) lobbying group formally endorsed U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in the state’s tight gubernatorial race on Wednesday.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch executive director blasts John Bel Edwards

Anna Aguillard Nov. 12, 2015, 9:39am

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) Executive Director Melissa Landry recently criticized gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards for “aggressively” opposing legal reform.