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Prisoner interview restrictions will be eased after settlement with LSU journalist

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Corrections has agreed to ease restrictions on prisoner interviews with journalists to settle a lawsuit filed by a student journalist and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana.

Louisiana chief justice calls for state to provide more money to judiciary

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson on Monday laid out all the reasons she thinks the local court system should be given more to do the job it is entrusted with.

Senate Bill 106 would force Louisiana courts to promptly hear cases involving incarcerated juveniles

Jamila Johnson hopes Senate Bill 106 will save her the ordeal of having to litigate another case like the one in front of her now.

Port of South Louisiana hopes land dispute with St. James School board won't spill into court

Paul AuCoin is hopeful that cooler heads will ultimately prevail in the Port of South Louisiana’s bubbling dispute with the St. James Parish School Board over a stretch of land spread across nearby Vacherie.

1st Circuit remands case over attic ladder injury

The Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal has issued a mixed ruling in a case in which a man sued a general contractor alleging he was injured while touring a home he considered leasing.

Former NOLA death investigator's overtime pay case survives dismissal motion

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied an Orleans Parish Coroner’s office motion to dismiss a case in which a former death investigator in the office filed a federal suit alleging that she was improperly denied overtime pay during her tenure.

Amid lawsuit over 2017 pipeline explosion, industry group head says production 'as safe as ever'

Don Briggs argues that the 2017 natural gas pipeline explosion in St. Charles Parish that killed a man and the ongoing litigation over it shouldn’t be viewed as an indictment of his industry.

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.