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Low-settlement awards In Katrina levee-failure case leave victims with as little as $3

Dawn Geske Mar. 28, 2017, 10:42pm

NEW ORLEANS — As the Hurricane Katrina levee-failure case issues its settlement rewards, some victims are feeling less than vindicated with the small monetary amounts awarded to them.

Lawsuit-abuse watchdog to monitor state Taxotere litigation after lawsuit filings surge in Louisiana

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 26, 2017, 11:18pm

NEW ORLEANS — A recent, sudden surge in Taxotere lawsuit filings in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has caught Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch's attention.

Arkansas court allows Louisiana sporting goods store to be sued in Arkansas

Russell Boniface Mar. 25, 2017, 3:33pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled that an Arkansas woman can sue a Louisiana sporting goods store for damages in Arkansas court.

Lawsuit abuse, unemployment main topics at roundtable meeting in Gonzales

Melissa Busch Mar. 21, 2017, 10:36am

GONZALES — Attendees of the recent Ascension GOP Roundtable received up-to-date information on lawsuit abuse and how it is being handled on state and federal levels.

Lawsuit-abuse watchdog group applauds recent House bill

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 19, 2017, 7:51pm

BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) has responded well to seeing the United States House of Representatives pass the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, which went through the House as House of Representatives as Bill 985 (HR 985).

Coastal erosion lawsuits are expensive treasure hunt that won't pay off, LLAW executive director says

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2017, 11:43am

BATON ROUGE – Last week's federal appeals court decision in favor of oil and gas producers accused of causing erosion along the coast is a strong message for Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority board, a tort reform advocate said.

Often misleading and sometimes dangerous, lawyer ads should be regulated

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 15, 2017, 11:30am

It is impossible to avoid them. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded by aggressive legal advertising. From car wrecks to class actions, solicitations from personal injury law firms dominate our local TV airwaves — not to mention what fills the radio and is plastered on billboards and bus exteriors.

Legal watchdog derides 'system abuse' in Deepwater fund fraud cases

Charmaine Little Jan. 29, 2017, 2:41pm

BATON ROUGE — A legal watchdog has called out the legal system in Louisiana after dozens of people have been convicted for defrauding the BP's Deepwater Horizon fund.

Edwards' attempt to hire campaign donors as attorneys helps keep Louisiana on ATRA's Judicial Hellhole list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 1:56pm

BATON ROUGE – Despite its governor's reported efforts to hire campaign donors as attorneys, Louisiana has dropped from the No. 6 to seventh position on American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, which was issued earlier today.

Johnson & Johnson ovarian cancer claims called into question

Trisha Marczak Nov. 20, 2016, 8:06pm

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana woman has filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

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.

Louisiana 2nd district race being watched closely

Kristin Regula Nov. 6, 2016, 10:18pm

BATON ROUGE – The race for a seat in Louisiana’s 2nd district has produced two judges who both want to serve on the bench of the state’s court of appeals.

Questions arise surrounding $555.2 million award to Deepwater Horizon plaintiffs' attorneys

Christopher Knoll Nov. 3, 2016, 11:15am

NEW ORLEANS — U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, has sided with the findings of a court-appointed fee committee and awarded $555.2 million to the 107 law firms handling the multi-district litigation (MDL) suit against BP for its role in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Marketing of legal services using digital channels is potentially dangerous, critics warn

John Breslin Nov. 1, 2016, 1:55pm

Digital marketing of legal services to drum up tort cases is a new form of ambulance chasing, and a potentially dangerous one, critics of this new frontier of advertising charge.

Louisiana governor, attorney general argue over who can hire lawyers

John Breslin Oct. 30, 2016, 9:13pm

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana’s governor and its attorney general are involved in a dispute over who ultimately has, under the constitution, the authority to hire lawyers to represent the state.

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.

Xarelto manufacturer, distributor face more than 9,000 lawsuits

John Breslin Oct. 10, 2016, 11:56pm

NEW ORLEANS -- More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide against the makers and distributors of the blood thinner Xarelto including more than 7,000 just in Louisiana.

LLAW director: Attempt to place political donors as attorneys in lawsuits will be hard for Edwards to live down

Karen Kidd Sep. 24, 2016, 6:19pm

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards may answer to the state's voters, but likely no one else, after trying to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, a spokeswoman for a legal watchdog group said during a recent interview.

Study author argues for changes in Louisiana consumer protection law

John Breslin Sep. 15, 2016, 10:10am

Changes aimed at curbing the number and breadth of lawsuits must be introduced to prevent the abuse of the current consumer protection law, a study of Louisiana’s consumer protection law concludes.

Fayard’s run for Senate may be dampened by voters leery of political family

Vimbai Chikomo Jul. 29, 2016, 1:50pm

BATON ROUGE – If history is a guide, New Orleans-based attorney Caroline Fayard will have no concern when it comes to financing her political campaign; however, the battle in her run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. David Vitter’s (R-LA) may be trying to win over skeptic voters troubled by several controversies surrounding her family’s ties and involvement in politics.