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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Study refutes Louisiana voucher program lawsuit claim

BATON ROUGE – A study conducted by researchers at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform revealed that them Louisiana Voucher Program has reduced racial desegregation in public schools, contradicting a federal lawsuit filed in 2013 that claimed otherwise.

Father extends fight to control late son's remains up to Louisiana Supreme Court

NEW ORLEANS – Eugene Sonnier II recently asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to review a case related to ownership of the remains of and burial plot for his son, Eugene Sonnier III, who died in 2013 while serving in the United States Air Force.

New allegations revealed in Destrehan teacher sex abuse saga

HAHNVILLE – The latest allegations in a sex abuse case involving Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne were revealed in a lawsuit filed by a student and his parents against the English teacher, colleague Rachel Respess and the St. Charles Parish Public School System.

Tulane Law grads endow scholarship to grow diversity

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane Law School graduates Gary Crosby and Robert Waldrup are working to endow a diversity scholarship for Tulane Law students in an effort to thank the benefactors of the scholarships that helped them diffuse the costs of a legal education and to “pay it forward” to give future students the same opportunities. The pair hopes the endowment will launch similar diversity efforts within the school.