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Suits filed against oil companies concerning to some industry groups

Melissa Landry worries what impact lawsuits – filed by six south Louisiana parishes against hundreds of oil companies over the alleged impact the industry has had on the state’s coast over the last century – will have on Louisiana business in the here and now.

Candidates disqualified in NOLA elections sue in federal court

Belden Batiste says he is awaiting a judge’s ruling in a case where he filed a civil rights violation suit after his name was pulled from the ballot in a citywide election, but no matter what the verdict he plans to keep fighting for the principles he believes in.

Federal court backs Louisiana woman in debt collection case

A federal court judge has awarded a Louisiana woman a $1,500 default judgment in her Fair Debt Collection Practices suit against a New York collections agency.

Loyola professor's defamation suit against New York Times remanded to New Orleans court

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has ruled that a lower court erred in dismissing a defamation suit against the New York Times in which an economics professor claims the publication quoted him out of context.

Suspended judge announces retirement

A Louisiana district judge has announced plans to retire in the midst of serving a yearlong suspension related to a pattern of abuse of his powers.

Plaquemine Police Department sued over deadly confrontation

Shannon Battiste, an attorney, feels that there is a clear culprit responsible for the demise of his client.

ACLU seeks names of attorneys accused of sending false subpoenas

A suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against New Orleans’ criminal prosecutor seeks the names and state bar association numbers of attorneys who may have sent out fake subpoenas.

Johnson & Johnson, Bayer win second trial over Xarelto bleeding risks

&&&A federal jury in New Orleans has cleared Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG in the second of at least 18,600 suits filed against the pharmaceutical giants stemming from the manufacturing of the blood-thinning drug Xarelto.

Johnson & Johnson, Bayer prevail in first of 18,000 Xarelto trials

After emerging victorious in the first of more than 18,000 suits filed against them, Xarelto maker Johnson & Johnson and Bayer Pharmaceuticals are vowing to remain as vigilant as ever in defending their reputations.

New Orleans city councilman calls for investigation into 'fake subpoenas'

Now that top prosecutors at two parishes known to have been issuing “fake subpoenas” have vowed to end the practice, James Williams, a New Orleans city councilman, has said it’s time to take a real assessment of all the damage.

Officials critical of district attorney's use of fake subpoenas

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans City Councilman Jason Williams thinks the bar association might launch a probe into a district attorney's office's practice of issuing “fake” subpoenas to potential witnesses in cases it is prosecuting.

Candidates face their pasts in Court of Appeal race

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Candyce Perret and Susan Theall are set to face off in the April 29 runoff for Louisiana's 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B.

After eligibility question, Anseman loses race for state appeals court judgeship

LAKE CHARLES — After a last-minute ruling kept her name on the ballot, Vanessa Anseman lost her bid for a place on the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B.

Former East Feliciana Parish coroner and deputy arrested in fraud conspiracy

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana attorney general’s office has announced the arrest of the former East Feliciana Parish coroner and her deputy in connection with a scheme aimed at allegedly defrauding the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner’s office.

Jail-beating lawsuit settled by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

SLIDELL — A prisoner in a Louisiana jail has reached an out-of-court settlement with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office after charging a since fired deputy officer with viciously attacking him in an unprovoked incident while he was handcuffed.

Appeals court ruling maintains state aid to charter schools

BATON ROUGE — A 1st Circuit Court of Appeal judge has overturned a lower’s judge ruling in Louisiana that would have blocked state aid to 32 charter schools.

Jefferson Parish Council rejects settlement offer for consultant's lawsuit

HARAHAN — A federal lawsuit filed by a Louisiana political consultant is set for trial in early February after members of the Jefferson Parish Council rejected a settlement proposal.

State school superintendent says ruling on charter schools won't have immediate impact; appeal planned

NEW ORLEANS — Even as the battle over public funding for certain kinds of charter schools appears headed for the state Supreme Court, Louisiana Education Superintendent John White is vowing to continue supporting such institutions, no matter what.

Slidell's law requiring panhandlers to carry permits draws lawsuit from ACLU

NEW ORLEANS — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against a New Orleans-area mayor charging his passage of an ordinance requiring panhandlers to have permits they wear around their necks while soliciting is a violation of free speech rights.

American Law Society recognizes Cleco general-counsel attorney

PINEVILLE — Cleco Corporation associate general-counsel attorney Mark D. Pearce has been tapped as one of the latest members of the American Law Society board of directors with America’s Top Lawyers distinction.