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Baton Rouge judge allows convicted child molester to live down the street from victim

Kacie Whaley May 26, 2017, 8:32am

A Baton Rouge judge recently allowed a man convicted of child molestation to be released from prison so he could care for his ailing mother.

Louisiana needs jobs, not more taxes and lawsuits

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 25, 2017, 12:20pm

Today Louisianans are facing a risk that threatens our economy and perhaps even our way of life: more job-killing taxes and lawsuits.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says reform of asbestos compensation needed

John Sammon May 25, 2017, 12:05pm

A Louisiana government watchdog activist said she hopes the U.S. Senate will pass legislation that will crack down on attorneys who siphon off of damage claims for people who suffer from work-related asbestos exposure.

OPINION: U.S. Senate Should Pass the FACT Act to Help Protect Americans

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 18, 2017, 8:09pm

It is no secret that frivolous litigation filings have skyrocketed in recent years. As more and more personal injury lawyers seek to use and abuse our legal system, Americans have grown tired of paying the costs and have begun calling for reform. Fortunately, Congress is listening.

Katrina settlement might give illusion of levee districts taking responsibility

Sandy Rosenthal, Founder, Levees.org Mar. 30, 2017, 3:44pm

It’s easy to understand how Ms. Melissa Landy is appalled over the $17 million settlement from Orleans, East Jefferson and Lake Borgne Levee Districts.

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.