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Fifth Circuit reverses self in Katrina case against army engineers

By John O'Brien | Sep 25, 2012

Smith NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed itself in a Hurricane Katrina case over the liability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Appeals court upholds $258M Risperdal verdict

By John O'Brien | Sep 6, 2012

Caldwell LAKE CHARLES - A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the $258 million verdict in state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceutical over the prescription drug Risperdal.

Eight settle La. AG's drug-pricing charges for $38 million

By John O'Brien | Jul 26, 2012

Caldwell BATON ROUGE - Eight drug makers have settled fraud charges brought by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell for a combined $38 million.

Asbestos attorneys plotting another appeal of fraud ruling

By John O'Brien | Jun 13, 2012

Reavley NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos attorneys found to have committed fraud appear to be preparing to ask for a full panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to hear their appeal.

Fifth Circuit: Judge allowed to vacate other judge's ruling

By John O'Brien | Apr 19, 2012

Stewart NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge had the authority to overturn a colleague's findings in a class action lawsuit over a change in discounts given to employees and retirees of a phone company, an appeals court has ruled.

Oil spill claimants who avoided litigation won't have to pay attorneys

By John O'Brien | Jan 20, 2012

Barbier NEW ORLEANS - Plaintiffs attorneys will not receive 6 percent of settlements from those claimants who settled their oil spill claims without resorting to litigation.

Dispute between AG Hood and Feinberg remanded to Miss. court

By John O'Brien | Nov 16, 2011

Hood JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has decided that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood's legal battle to enforce a subpoena against the Gulf oil spill victims fund should be heard in state court.

Scruggs, other shady lawyers highlighted in film

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2011

Scruggs WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A documentary that debuts Monday night chronicles personal injury lawyers who abused America's civil justice system.

U.S. SC won't hear challenge of $246B tobacco deal

By John O'Brien | Mar 7, 2011

Caldwell WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear the appeal of a group that claims the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement created a marketplace unfairly hostile to smaller cigarette manufacturers.

Jury reaches $258M verdict in Risperdal case

By John O'Brien | Oct 19, 2010

Caldwell A Louisiana jury has ordered Janssen Pharmaceutica to pay $258 million in a lawsuit brought by former state Attorney General Charles Foti and continued by his successor, Buddy Caldwell.

Oil spill attorneys include politician's father

By John O'Brien | Oct 14, 2010

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has tasked 17 attorneys, one of whom is the father of a candidate for Louisiana lieutenant governor, with leading multidistrict litigation over the BP oil spill.

Tobacco settlement survives another challenge, appeal coming

By John O'Brien | Aug 11, 2010

Bader A federal appeals court decided Tuesday that 1998's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement is constitutional, ruling against a challenge by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Sources: Trial lawyers expect tax break from Treasury Department

By John O'Brien | Jul 14, 2010

VANCOUVER, Canada - The nation's trial lawyer group, the American Association for Justice, revealed Tuesday that it expects the U.S. Department of Treasury to soon give its members a tax break on contingency fee lawsuits.

Business group never behind Senate's contingency bill

By John O'Brien | Jun 25, 2010

Chaisson (D) BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana business group says it refused to support the Senate version of a bill that would have allowed the Louisiana attorney general to hire private attorneys to sue BP on a contingency fee.

Time runs out on twice-changed contingency fee bill

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2010

Caldwell (D) A bill that would have allowed Louisiana Attorney Buddy Caldwell to hire private attorneys on a contingency fee to sue BP died Monday before the House could vote on changes made by the Senate.

Caldwell: Feds' ban on offshore drilling could be disaster

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2010

Caldwell (D) Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and Gov. Bobby Jindal are asking that a ban on offshore drilling be lifted.

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