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Bill that could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions passes Senate, moves to House

By Karen Kidd | Apr 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Legislation that could cost the losing bidder suing the city of New Orleans over the former World Trade Center development millions of dollars almost unanimously passed the state Senate earlier this week and is now in the House, over the objections of the losing bidder.

Two Canal Street Investors president may fight judge's order he submit to deposition, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Apr 21, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – An Orleans Civil District judge exceeded her authority earlier this week when she ordered the president of a development company suing the city over the former World Trade Center to submit to deposition, a defense attorney said in an interview with the Louisiana Record. 

Proposed legislation could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The state senator who introduced a bill that could cost the losing bidder suing the city over the former World Trade Center development millions of dollars said in an interview he is holding out hope for the legislation. 

Two Canal Street Investors president has 30 days to appear for deposition in WTC litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A Florida developer who for months has dodged deposition in the lawsuit challenging the city of New Orleans' development of the former World Trade Center now is under a judge's order to be deposed within a month.

Landry's decision to drop predecessor's cases not unusual

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2016

BATON ROUGE  – The decision by Louisiana's new attorney general to drop perjury charges against a former state official likely is more about cleaning house than slamming a predecessor, two Loyola University law professors said in separate interviews.

Louisiana ready to move forward with restoration now that BP oil spill is settled

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE – With the $20 billion BP oil spill settlement now a reality, Louisiana can move forward with long-expected restoration plans, a state spokeswoman said during a recent interview.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch supports asbestos litigation transparency bill

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana lawsuit abuse watchdog group has thrown its support behind a struggling state House bill that would provide transparency in asbestos litigation, similar to a measure signed into law earlier this month in Utah.

Congressional candidate Ricky John will continue to represent VA whistleblower during his campaign

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2016

SHREVEPORT – Richard "Ricky" John, candidate for the 4th U.S. Congressional District seat, says he will continue to represent local Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower Shae Wilkes through his campaign.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says attorney fees paid out from $20 billion BP oil spill settlement is 'absurd'

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The attorney fees paid out of the $20 billion settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill is "absurd," the executive director of a lawsuit abuse watchdog group recently told the Louisiana Record.

UberX drivers keep working as months of legal process loom in New Orleans

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The 26 New Orleans cabbies and 10 UberX drivers in a lawsuit filed in New Orleans Civil District Court Judge have several months of proceedings ahead before trial but the UberX drivers will remain on the road.

Deepwater Horizon Trustees receive much of $20 billion BP settlement

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Deepwater Horizon Trustees have announced an $8.8 billion settlement with BP, part of the $20 billion proposal reached earlier this week and the largest settlement paid by a single entity in federal law enforcement history.

Two Canal Street Investors: Senate bill an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the judiciary

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Two Canal Street Investors, suing over its losing bid to develop New Orleans' World Trade Center, claims the mayor's office is attempting an end run around the judiciary by backing a new state Senate bill that could cost the developer millions.

Veterans high on Ricky John's mind as he runs for 4th U.S. Congressional District seat

By Karen Kidd | Apr 5, 2016

SHREVEPORT – Shreveport attorney and businessman Richard "Ricky" John says he has his mind on veterans and their families as he makes his first bid for public office, the 4th U.S. Congressional District seat.

Mayor spokesman says latest WTC lawsuit 'frivolous' and 'desperate,' but developer claims necessity

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – “Frivolous” and “desperate” is how the New Orleans mayor’s press secretary sums up Two Canal Street Investors’ latest lawsuit over losing its bid to develop the World Trade Center.

Bill to repeal political subdivision jury trial prohibition passes Senate, seeks House companion

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A bill that would repeal a Louisiana law prohibiting jury trials in lawsuits filed against a political subdivision was passed today by the state's Senate and is now in the House.

LOGA: Security is gas station concern, despite judge's ruling

By Karen Kidd | Mar 31, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Mother’s Day 2013 beating of a St. Francisville man outside a north Baton Rouge gas station is unfortunate, but not the fault of gas companies that provide fuel to the gas station, a Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (LOGA) spokesman said in a recent interview.

Two Canal Street Investors emails shed light on WTC development

By Karen Kidd | Mar 31, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – In its latest lawsuit over losing its bid to develop the World Trade Center, Two Canal Street Investors criticize the real estate consultants who advised the city leaders, despite praising the development in one of three emails approximately a year ago.

Justice of the peace removed for misconduct has days remaining to request rehearing

By Karen Kidd | Mar 25, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Former Ascension Parish Justice of the Peace Leroy Laiche Jr. has only days remaining to ask the Louisiana Supreme Court to reconsider its decision last week to remove him for misconduct.

New Orleans World Trade Center project moving ahead, despite October trial date

By Karen Kidd | Mar 25, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The trial date is set for a lawsuit that challenges New Orleans' lease to a Four Seasons developer of the vacant World Trade Center tower but that developer is moving ahead with work on the project, a spokesman said.

Louisiana ACLU backs Supreme Court Chief Justice's warnings about underfunded public defenders

By Karen Kidd | Mar 24, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana's American Civil Liberties Union has thrown its weight behind the state's Supreme Court Chief Justice's dire warnings about the present crisis of underfunded public defenders that has left thousands of litigants on waiting lists.

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