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Advocates vow to continue pushing auto insurance reforms despite setback in legislature

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2019

BATON ROUGE – Though an attempt to introduce reforms to the way auto-insurance disputes are litigated in Louisiana recently failed in the state Senate, supporters who claim the measure will lower rates for motorists are suggesting they will try again.

Appeals court reverses ruling for drilling company in dispute with oyster harvester

By John Breslin | Apr 29, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – An appeals court has ruled in favor of an oyster harvester in his case against the owner of an oil drilling company.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

State asking full appeals panel to review suit over exotic dancer law

By John Breslin | Oct 24, 2018

The state of Louisiana recently indicated it wants to continue to fight in support of a law that bars exotic dancers younger than 21 from performing naked, a posting on said.

Lafayette Parish schools deny allegations that lottery process for admission to magnet academies is rigged

By John Breslin | Oct 17, 2018

The Lafayette Parish School System is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges administrators conspired to rig the school system's lottery process for admission to magnet academies.

Sports broadcaster seeks $340,000 for illegal showing of boxing match

By John Breslin | Aug 28, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- A company that provides broadcasts of sporting events to businesses is demanding $340,000 from a sports bar and an individual over the alleged illegal showing of a boxing match.

Jefferson Parish critic says settlement won't stop him from challenging council actions

By John Breslin | Aug 27, 2018

GRETNA – A frequent critic of the Jefferson Parish Council who was awarded $20,000 stemming from a federal lawsuit that he had filed nearly five years after being ejected from a public meeting, recently said he will continue to criticize the local government.

Court dismisses food services manager's discrimination claim

By John Breslin | Aug 23, 2018

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal court has dismissed a claim of discrimination filed by a food service manager against her former employer, a parish juvenile detention center.

Appeals court rules 'public intimidation' law is too broad, unconstitutional

By John Breslin | Aug 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's attorney general is unlikely to pursue legal action that led to the striking down of a decades-old "public intimidation" law, according to the the attorney representing the plaintiffs in two cases.

'Lawsuit abuse climate' driving jobs out of state, harming state's future, think tank CEO says

By John Breslin | Jul 19, 2018

Louisiana continues to be a challenging state when it comes to solving problems with the judicial landscape, according to the the chief executive of a New Orleans-based free market think tank.

ConocoPhillips petitions to move pollution damage case to federal court

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

MONROE – An oil company recently asked a federal court to assume jurisdiction in a case centering on claims that land was contaminated by the activities the company and several other companies named as defendants.

Disabled man sues Superdome, claims violations of American with Disabilities Act

By John Breslin | Jun 25, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - A 30-year season ticket holder of the New Orleans Saints, who is disabled, claims he was discriminated against by the owners because they did not offer an unobstructed view of the field.

Crafting long-term strategic plan is key goal for newly installed president of Louisiana State Bar Association

By John Breslin | Jun 21, 2018

Working to craft a new long-term strategic plan to keep the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) effective and viable in the coming years is one of the key goals of the organization's newly installed president, Barry H. Grodsky.

New Orleans housing agency rapped by judge over delays in development

By John Breslin | Jun 17, 2018

A federal judge has laid most of the blame for a long-delayed development of affordable units on New Orleans' housing agency in a June 8 ruling filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Security board head survives ouster attempt, but questions raised about occupational licensing in Louisiana

By John Breslin | May 14, 2018

BATON ROUGE — While the head of the state body charged with overseeing Louisiana's private security business survived a move to oust him, the controversy has helped focus attention on the regulation of workers in the state.

More lawsuits to follow after New Iberian family awarded $75,000 following deputy's shooting of dog

By John Breslin | Apr 20, 2018

LAFAYETTE - Two other lawsuits involving law enforcement officers shooting dogs allegedly without cause have been filed by the attorney for owners awarded $75,000 after an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy killed their dog.

Louisiana House committee tie effectively kills bad-faith insurance bill

By John Breslin | Apr 15, 2018

BATON ROUGE — A Louisiana House bill that would set the time limit to sue an insurer for a "bad faith" denial of a claim at a standard 10 years has effectively died in committee.

Paragon Casino employees not liable for actions of intoxicated driver

By John Breslin | Apr 15, 2018

Three casino employees cannot be sued for allegedly allowing an intoxicated customer to leave the premises in his car, only to later crash and cause the death of another motorist, a Louisiana appeals court has ruled.

Five year long legal battle against pool distributor ends after plaintiffs ditch appeal

By John Breslin | Dec 18, 2016

COVINGTON – A five-year old legal suit against a Louisiana-headquartered distributor of pool products is over after the plaintiffs in the case decided to drop their appeal against a court decision in the company’s favor.

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