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Appeals court upholds dismissal of NISCO consolidated tax case

By Carrie Salls | May 22, 2018

LAKE CHARLES – The Louisiana Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion May that upheld an order from the 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu Parish that decided procedural issues and ordered dismissal of a consolidated tax case involving taxpayer and Lake Charles electric generating company Nelson Industrial Steam Co. (NISCO) and the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Federal court won't allow appeal of attorneys' fees dispute order stemming from Chinese-made drywall litigation

By Carrie Salls | May 21, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied a motion to appeal an attorneys’ fees allocation dispute order that arose as part of a Chinese-manufactured drywall products liability litigation, according to an order filed May 7.

Federal judge rules that it is 'premature' to determine enforceability of contract in lawsuit involving Andarko

By Carrie Salls | May 17, 2018

A federal judge has denied Andarko Petroleum Corp.’s motion for summary judgment against co-defendant Dolphin Services LLC in a lawsuit brought by an oil platform worker who claims he was injured while working aboard the Constitution Spar.

Fifth Circuit upholds ruling sending non-compete agreement case to arbitration

By Carrie Salls | Apr 21, 2018

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling sending a non-compete and non-solicitation violation dispute between The Shaw Group/Aptim Corp. and a former Shaw Group employee to arbitration.

Louisiana appeals court overturns injury case dismissal over driver's inconsistent statements

By Carrie Salls | Feb 9, 2018

The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court order dismissing a lawsuit filed by a man injured in an automobile accident, with the appeals court agreeing the defendant’s behavior “places his credibility at issue,” according to a Jan. 23 opinion.

Audit finds Jefferson Parish Finance Authority paid legal bills without proof of work

By Carrie Salls | Jan 25, 2018

An audit report published Dec. 12 by the Jefferson Parish Office of the Inspector General (JPOIG) revealed that the Jefferson Parish Finance Authority (JPFA) paid legal bills that did not detail the services provided.

State Sen. Milkovich says Louisiana law requires reconfirmation of education superintendent

By Carrie Salls | Jun 30, 2017

Louisiana Sen. John Milkovich recently filed a lawsuit in the 19th Judicial Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, challenging the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s decision to keep John White as superintendent.

Southern Poverty Law Center blames Louisiana for public defense insufficiencies

By Carrie Salls | May 25, 2017

Meredith Angelson, a senior staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], blames the state for issues with Louisiana’s public defender system’s handling of poor defendants.

Longrunning construction loan lawsuit between Kleinpeter Trace, BancorpSouth settled

By Carrie Salls | Feb 26, 2017

BATON ROUGE – After six years, a legal battle related to construction loans in default has been settled.

New Orleans mayor spokesman: Immigrants 'make considerable impacts' on economy

By Carrie Salls | Feb 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE – New American Economy (NAE) has released a Map the Impact report, which highlights the economic, voting and other impacts immigrants have on their respective states, cities, congressional districts and industries and uses that data as a basis for its call for immigration reform efforts across the country. 

Policy analyst: Drug overcharging debate may be more about money than patients

By Carrie Salls | Dec 23, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Allegations of prescription-cost overcharging by pharmacy benefit managers and health-insurance companies have spawned at least 10 new lawsuits since early October, according to

UnitedHealth, OptumRX targeted in latest class-action suit alleging prescription scam

By Carrie Salls | Nov 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A UnitedHealth Group Inc. plan participant has filed suit against the insurance company for allegedly overcharging for prescription drugs after New Orleans television station Fox 8 revealed the findings of its investigations into prescription drug costs.  

Charter school CEO addresses gifted funding, education concerns

By Carrie Salls | Oct 7, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A group of current and former employees and parents of students at Lusher Charter School are claiming that the school is not using funds earmarked for gifted student services properly.

Lil Wayne royalties lawsuit bogged down by document requests

By Carrie Salls | Sep 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A legal battle between artist Dwayne Carter Jr.., also known as Lil Wayne, and Bryan “Birdman” Williams over $51 million in royalties allegedly owed to Lil Wayne continues to drag on in a Louisiana state court, even as Lil Wayne released a track with no mention of Williams' Young Money record label’s joint venture with Cash Money Records.

Attorney: Court reporters board bound by challenged statute

By Carrie Salls | Sep 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters is bound by a decades-old law prohibiting the use of high-volume contracts by reporting firms, according to the attorney representing the board in an anti-competition lawsuit filed by Veritext Corp. 

Attorney: Officers who questioned exonerated woman knew of mental illness

By Carrie Salls | Sep 3, 2016

RENO, Nev. – Cleared of a murder charge after spending 35 years in prison for the crime, Anita Carter, also known as Cathy Woods, has filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana officers who obtained a false confession, as well as against law enforcement officials in Nevada.

Saints, Pelicans owner, trustees working to resolve ownership dispute

By Carrie Salls | Sep 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The attorney representing one of two trustees named in a lawsuit filed by New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson said the parties are working hard to iron out their differences with a February trial date looming.   

Court rejects Similasan labeling settlement after attorneys general point out unfairness

By Carrie Salls | Aug 24, 2016

AUSTIN – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has rejected a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against Similasan Corp. that alleges false and deceptive labeling of Similasan’s homeopathic products.

Anti-corruption blog investigation in Terrebonne Parish is allowed to continue

By Carrie Salls | Aug 14, 2016

HOUMA – Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has vowed to continue investigating the “Exposedat” anti-corruption blog despite the fact that it includes information about himself and his wife's employer, local politician and insurance broker Tony Alford.

Senate resolution that approved closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center deemed null and void

By Carrie Salls | Jul 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A state Senate resolution that was partially responsible for the June 30, 2014 closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville was recently deemed “null and void” by a judge in the 19th Judicial District Court.

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