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Technicalities doom Livingston Parish flooding case

A Denham Springs homeowner had his 2016 flooding case against the Livingston Parish Government, and the Livingston Parish Gravity Drainage District No. 1 dismissed on a number of technicalities.

Appeals court rules against BP, confirms Murphy Oil's $58.4 million settlement award

NEW ORLEANS – BP Exploration & Production Inc. has lost its appeal against Murphy Oil USA to recover $58.4 million in an award settlement as part of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill lawsuit.

Appeals court rules against industry-specific methodologies for calculating losses in BP oil spill

A federal appeals court recently reversed a lower court ruling that approved the use of special methodologies to calculate economic losses in the construction, education, agriculture and professional services industries from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Crystal Seafood ordered to pay back over $1 million in BP oil spill settlement case

A shrimp company and its owners have been ordered to pay back over $1 million that was awarded to them through the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center (DHECC) as part of the BP settlement for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that claimed 11 lives.

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

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.

Appeals court rules that New Orleans’ Confederate statues can come down

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has ruled that Confederate statues in New Orleans will come down, allowing city officials to remove these historic symbols as prominent fixtures in the city.

US House passes bill to sanction lawyers for allegedly frivolous lawsuits

BATON ROUGE — A new bill passed recently by the U.S. House of Representatives would make the lawyers who file allegedly frivolous lawsuits accountable.

Masinter again named to Louisiana Super Lawyer list

NEW ORLEANS — Labor and employment attorney Eve B. Masinter has been named to the 2017 list of Louisiana Super Lawyers.

EPA's regional haze rule beaten back by lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – After a federal appeals court put a stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze regulations in Texas and Oklahoma, the agency announced last year it was dropping the issue.

First Amendment rights at center of police officer's lawsuit for blog comments

HOUMA — A Houma police officer has filed a lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated when his home was searched and he was put on administrative leave over a complaint that he allegedly authored a defamatory blog about parish public officials and their relationships.

Courts reconsidering recusal of Supreme Court justice in legacy oil cases

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance has been asked to review a case regarding the removal of a Louisiana Supreme Court justice by his fellow justices to prevent him from hearing two legacy oil cases.

Louisiana Supreme Court will hear case of attorney recommended for disbarment by disciplinary board

NEW ORLEANS – An attorney has filed an appeal with the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn his suspension banning him from practicing law after he was accused of allegedly using racially offensive and derogatory terms to refer to judges and lawyers.

Louisiana Attorney General confident about ruling on constitutional powers lawsuit against Gov. Edwards

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is awaiting a ruling on his lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards regarding an executive order regarding the placement of language in state contracts disallowing discrimination based on a worker's sexual preference.  

Yenni recall effort challenges 600-foot buffer rule

ELMWOOD — As part of the recall of Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, a suit has been filed to challenge the 600-foot perimeter law to polling places.

Jefferson Parish voters registrar may recuse himself in Yenni recall effort

ELMWOOD – As part of the recall effort against Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni, the parish registrar of voters may decide to recuse himself from the signature authentication process.

Lawsuit filed by Supreme Court justice against fellow justices dismissed

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.

Individuals on felony parole, probation file suit to get voting rights back

BATON ROUGE – A lawsuit in Baton Rouge looks to give voting rights back to individuals on probation or parole for felony crimes.

Banana workers fight for right to appear in court after alleged chemical exposure

NEW ORLEANS – Several lawsuits that have been filed by a group of Latin American banana plantation workers regarding their exposure to alleged harmful chemicals has been upheld after a variety of dismissals in other courts.

Tulane alum carries out father's tradition of welcoming new students to his home

A Tulane graduate opens his home to law school students, continuing the tradition set forth by his father.

Lobbyists for attorneys picked by Edwards for coastal litigation team hold fundraiser for governor

NEW ORLEANS – Amid all the controversy surrounding Gov. John Bel Edwards' picks for his legal team to represent the state in coastal lawsuits against the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, two lobbyists for trial attorneys on his new team held a fundraiser for the governor this week.