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Justice's recusal in oil cases leads to renewed suit with Louisiana Supreme Court

Cassandra Stone Dec. 7, 2016, 3:45pm

NEW ORLEANS – Following the recusal of one of its own justices, the Louisiana Supreme Court is being asked to take another look at a case involving campaign contributions to judges. 

Trial lawyer backing of Genovese questioned in successful Louisiana Supreme Court run

Araceli Castillo Dec. 4, 2016, 4:47pm

LAFAYETTE – This year's general election for a seat in the third district of the Louisiana Supreme Court ran close but Republican Jimmy Genovese, 67, won, which many are calling a win for trial lawyers.

After bruising election, plaintiff lawyers accused of trying to stack Louisiana Supreme Court

John Breslin Nov. 22, 2016, 4:33pm

LAFAYETTE — After one of the most bruising and expensive judicial election battles in the history of Louisiana, the state's oil and gas interests and lawsuit reform activists have accused plaintiff lawyers of trying to stack the Louisiana Supreme Court in their favor.

Jones Walker LLP adds 11 associates in Texas, Louisiana

Heather Doyle Nov. 20, 2016, 7:57pm

NEW ORLEANS — Jones Walker LLP, one of the 120 largest law firms in the U.S., is adding 11 associates to its Louisiana and Texas offices.

Louisiana Supreme Court upholds confidentiality of Catholic confession

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 13, 2016, 6:29pm

NEW ORLEANS — Priests have no legal obligation to break the seal of confessions and report confidential information heard during the sacrament, a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling has declared.

Lawsuit filed by Supreme Court justice against fellow justices dismissed

Dawn Geske Nov. 13, 2016, 9:23am

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge dismissed the case of Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes, who filed suit against his colleagues on the state’s highest court over his forced recusal.

Metairie attorney challenges polling site distance requirement for petition solicitors

Kate Jacobson Nov. 8, 2016, 2:23pm

METAIRIE, La. – A Metairie attorney who is heading the recall efforts of a parish president is working toward another fight: Allowing petition solicitors to be within 100 feet of polling places.

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.

Individuals on felony parole, probation file suit to get voting rights back

Dawn Geske Nov. 7, 2016, 9:50pm

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit in Baton Rouge looks to give voting rights back to individuals on probation or parole for felony crimes.

Heated judicial race brings more complaints against candidates Cox and Caraway

Tara Mapes Nov. 7, 2016, 9:48pm

SHREVEPORT – The heated pursuit for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal judge turned scalding as both candidates were found in violation of the Louisiana Judicial Code of Conduct for statements made against each other in their campaigns.

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.

Federal lawsuit in wrongful conviction case advances

Kate Jacobson Oct. 28, 2016, 6:02pm

SHREVEPORT — Despite a recent state decision denying a hearing for a compensation case of a wrongfully convicted man, two federal lawsuits filed by the man's estate are forging ahead.

Critics accuse trial lawyers of trying to influence Louisiana Supreme Court race

Kate Jacobson Oct. 24, 2016, 11:41am

LAFAYETTE — Critics are raising issues about trial lawyers donating to a Louisiana Supreme Court candidate.

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.

No law prevents suspended judges from other 'public service,' legal ethics expert says

Mike Helenthal Oct. 19, 2016, 7:21pm

NEW ORLEANS – There are no state laws barring a judge from collecting a check for doing municipal work while serving out the terms of a misconduct suspension, says a legal ethics expert as just such a case is occurring.

Louisiana Supreme Court refuses to hear wrongful conviction compensation case

Tara Mapes Oct. 16, 2016, 11:15pm

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case to determine if the family of a deceased man who was exonerated after serving nearly 30 years on death row is due compensation for wrongful conviction.

Trial lawyer support of Genovese questioned in tight Louisiana Supreme Court race

Michelle de Leon Oct. 12, 2016, 3:57pm

NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana Supreme Court race is anticipated to heavily involvetrial lawyers particularly in relation to the candidacy of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge James “Jimmy” Genovese.

Former Tulane professor continues 20-year fight against judge

John Breslin Oct. 11, 2016, 5:07pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 20 years after Carol Bernofsky first filed suit for wrongful dismissal from his job as a biochemistry professor, he is still fighting what he believes is a grave injustice.

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 Supreme Court supports prorating defense costs

Quinten Plummer Oct. 6, 2016, 9:23pm

NEW ORLEANS — Despite language contained in an insurance policy, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a novel approach for prorating defense costs between a commercial insurer and the insured.