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Owner of First Millennium construction faces federal indictment and multiple lawsuits

By Emma Gallimore | May 4, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The owner of a Baton Rouge construction firm, who was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple fraud counts related to the construction of a charter school in Baker, has had so many state and federal lawsuits filed against him that attorneys worry that they may not be able to get relief for their clients. 

Judge's order to release inmates highlights budget issues in New Orleans

By Emma Gallimore | May 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A Orleans Parish judge has ordered the release of seven indigent defendants because the public defenders' office can’t afford to defend them.

Minden police officer still not reinstated despite ruling by appeals court

By Emma Gallimore | May 1, 2016

SHREVEPORT – A Minden Police Department lieutenant has yet to be reinstated despite a Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in early March that reversed his termination.

Search and warrant policies may change after court rules Baton Rouge strip search was illegal

By Emma Gallimore | Apr 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is rethinking its warrant language and search policies after a federal court found that members of the police department had authorized an unlawful strip search, and committed assault and battery on a subject.

$20.8 billion settlement marks end of government litigation against BP

By Emma Gallimore | Apr 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – BP will pay a $20.8 billion settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after a federal judge gave final approval on April 4.

Lawsuit claims Orleans Parish sheriff underpaid deputies for overtime

By Emma Gallimore | Apr 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A lawsuit filed by a former Orleans Parish Deputy alleges that Sheriff Marlin Gusman underpaid deputies for overtime and straight time worked on either end of their scheduled shifts.

Attorney charged with battery files lawsuit alleging he was the victim

By Emma Gallimore | Apr 3, 2016

VIDALIA – An attorney has filed a lawsuit against Concordia Parish District Attorney Brad Burget in an ongoing dispute over who attacked whom.

Report alleges Louisiana's consumer protection law misuse has increased litigation

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 23, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A white paper by Emory University Law Professor Joanna M. Shepherd examines the costs and consequences of the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (LUTPA), but not everyone agrees with her assessment.

La. attorney general joins governor in dropping Common Core case

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards have reached at least a temporary accord over federal lawsuits filed while Bobby Jindal was the state's governor.

St. Bernard Parish's president criticized for signing contract with firm that donated to campaign

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 17, 2016

Guy McInnis, the new president of St. Bernard Parish, recently signed a contract on behalf of the parish with a law firm whose partners made the largest possible contributions to his election campaign, $5,000 each.

Multi-district litigation moves forward for bleeding cases allegedly related to Xarelto

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 16, 2016

Discovery continues in the multi-district litigation (MDL) of cases related to Xarelto, a prescription blood thinner used to reduce the risk of blood clots.

New state officials faced with lawsuits left behind by Jindal

By Emma Gallimore | Jan 28, 2016

New Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is under pressure to address the three high-profile lawsuits left behind by Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Court's ruling on private emails sent through government servers is a 'cat and mouse game'

By Emma Gallimore | Dec 26, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana Supreme Court recently ruled that emails sent via a public agency’s system should be disclosed under Louisiana’s Public Records Law, even if the emails are related only to private matters.

Louisiana Attorney's Disciplinary Board appoints new chair

By Emma Gallimore | Dec 26, 2015

METAIRIE — The Louisiana Supreme Court recently appointed Carl A. Butler as chairman of the Louisiana Attorney’s Disciplinary Board (LADB).

Lawsuit alleges illegal quota system by Gretna Police Department

By Emma Gallimore | Dec 23, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — A whistleblower suit was filed recently in U.S. District Court against the Gretna Police Department by former officer Daniel Swear, who alleges that the department instituted a quota system last December despite Louisiana law prohibiting such systems. 

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