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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. 

Senate candidate sues Southern Media & Opinion Research, claiming wrong party affiliation listed

Michelle de Leon Sep. 26, 2016, 3:30pm

BATON ROUGE – U.S. Senate candidate Troy Hebert filed a lawsuit and restraining order against Southern Media & Opinion Research and pollster Bernie Pinsonat for allegedly releasing incorrect information that affected his chances of taking part in candidate forums.

Federal Judge Ginger Berrigan announces semi-retirement

Michelle de Leon Sep. 26, 2016, 3:22pm

NEW ORLEANS – Federal Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan has retired from active service in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and will enter semi-retired "senior" status. She submitted the requisite documents to President Obama on Aug. 23.

Cash for Cars accused of junk fax violation

Michael Abella Sep. 26, 2016, 2:16pm

NEW ORLEANS — A business entity has filed a class-action lawsuit against Copart Inc., d/b/a Cash for Cars, a used car wholesaler, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Whitney Bank claims couple defaulted on promissory note

Michael Abella Sep. 26, 2016, 2:12pm

BATON ROUGE — A Mississippi state chartered bank is suing Robert E. Brooks and Lynda K. Brooks, a married couple living in New Orleans, citing alleged breach of contract.

European companies accuse common carriers of breach of contract

Michael Abella Sep. 26, 2016, 2:05pm

NEW ORLEANS — Several European companies are suing M/V HC Bea-Luna, Central Oceans USA LLC, Onego Shipping & Chartering BV, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Berard Transportation Inc., common carriers, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent damages.

Crane operator blames Marine Transportation Services Inc. of Florida for injuries

Michael Abella Sep. 26, 2016, 1:58pm

LAFAYETTE — A crane operator is suing Marine Transportation Services Inc. of Florida, a ship owner, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Offshore technician accuses Seadrill Americas Inc. of negligence

Michael Abella Sep. 26, 2016, 1:51pm

BATON ROUGE — An offshore technician is suing Seadrill Americas Inc., a vessel owner, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Louisiana police officers others encouraged to model New Orleans' efforts

Michelle de Leon Sep. 26, 2016, 10:27am

NEW ORLEANS -- Activists have called upon police officers across the country to turn to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) as their role model for handling protests and other demonstrations in their communities.

Louisiana judges awarded pay raise despite state budget issues

Michelle de Leon Sep. 26, 2016, 10:23am

NEW ORLEANS -- The pay raise for Louisiana judges has been approved despite the salary freeze imposed upon state employees. The increase in salary pertains to all judges from the Supreme Court to the city courts.

Appeals court uses humor to finish a frosty fight in the 'sno-ball' industry

Tara Mapes Sep. 25, 2016, 8:45pm

NEW ORLEANS – The courtroom is not a common place to find humor. However, some judges like to lighten the litigious mood when delivering decisions in cases.

LOGA president says Gov. Edwards’ call for more lawsuits against the industry a 'shakedown'

Tara Mapes Sep. 25, 2016, 8:45pm

BATON ROUGE – In a news conference Sept. 21, Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged all coastal parishes to sue the oil and gas industry for its contributions to the coastal loss, a statement the president of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) calls a “shakedown.”

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.

Watchdog group says St. Charles Parish DA needs to recuse himself from Landry case

Kathleen McGuire Gilbert Sep. 24, 2016, 6:17pm

NEW ORLEANS – Watchdog group the Metropolitan Crime Commission has repeatedly asked Joel Chaisson II, the St. Charles Parish district attorney, to recuse himself from prosecuting the case involving St. Charles Parish Hospital Board Chairman John Landry III, to no avail.

Shriya Hospitality accused of allowing slime to accumulate on sidewalk, cause woman to fall

Michael Abella Sep. 23, 2016, 8:50pm

BATON ROUGE – An Arizona woman claims a hazardous condition on a sidewalk at a Baton Rouge hotel caused her to fall and break her hip.

Edwards’ Legal War Amounts to Another De-Facto Moratorium on Drilling

Don Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Sep. 23, 2016, 5:30pm

Six years ago President Barack Obama imposed an unnecessary ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which left tens of thousands of Louisiana oil and gas workers and service sector employees out of jobs and nearly devastated our state’s economy.

Edwards using new litigation to deflect pay-to-play controversy, oil and gas industry statement says

Karen Kidd Sep. 23, 2016, 5:22pm

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to double down on coastal litigation against the oil and gas industry is an attempt to distract from his own questionable actions in existing cases, according to a recent industry statement.

City of Kenner, other parties accused of violating process server's civil rights

Michael Abella Sep. 23, 2016, 1:37pm

NEW ORLEANS — A special process server is suing a city and various officials over an alleged violation of civil rights.

Academy Training School, Progressive Buildings accused of wage violations

Michael Abella Sep. 23, 2016, 1:32pm

LAKE CHARLES — A licensed practical nurse from Calcasieu Parish is suing joint employers, alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Capital One Bank says unpaid balance on credit card tops $7,500

Carrie Bradon Sep. 23, 2016, 1:17pm

GRETNA – Capital One Bank is seeking more than $7.500 allegedly owed on an open credit card account.