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Man’s malpractice case after surgery left him a quadriplegic likely to have little impact, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2016

SHREVEPORT – While most likely of great importance to a now severely disabled man and his wife, the 2nd Circuit's recent reversal in a medical malpractice case has little legal significance, a malpractice attorney said during a recent interview.

Law professor discounts postponement in protest case

By Karen Kidd | Aug 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A federal judge's decision to postpone a hearing in a protest-related lawsuit against Baton Rouge area police in light of recent violence against local law enforcement could indicate all sides are communicating, said a Loyola University law professor.

Professor seeks equal application of monument ordinance, not removal of Jackson statue

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Bringing down the statue of Andrew Jackson in New Orleans' Jackson Square isn't what the Tulane University professor suing city official is after in his federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Judge dismisses WTC development lawsuit; attorney says 'case is far from over'

By Karen Kidd | Jul 15, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Development of New Orleans' former World Trade Center, stalled for a year by litigation over how the city awarded the bid in the project, may soon move ahead following a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit in the case.

2016 American Inns of Court award winner: Community service essential to law career

By Karen Kidd | Jul 12, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Community service is an essential part of a law career, this past spring's recipient of the 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit said during a recent interview.

Southern University endowed professors share secrets to legal academia work

By Karen Kidd | Jul 10, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Recent recipients of Southern University Law Center’s prestigious endowed professorships shared some advice for up-and-coming attorneys who aspire to academia.

St. Tammany Parish asks Louisiana Supreme Court to reconsider Helis drilling

By Karen Kidd | Jul 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS  – The Louisiana Supreme Court has received a request from St. Tammany Parish Council to reconsider allowing the drilling of an oil well near Lakeshore High School, but a spokesman for the oil company said the project likely will move forward later this week.

Family of Zachary man sue Baton Rouge police; want great awareness of taser dangers

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Legal counsel for the parents of a 32-year-old Zachary man who died after being tased by Baton Rouge police last summer must show that the tasing was "the substantial cause" of his death to prevail in the lawsuit against the city's police department, a New Orleans attorney said.

One environmental proposal sponsored by Connick fails, another still alive for next regular session

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE – With the state legislature's rejection of a proposal that would have required facilities violating state and federal pollution guidelines to install fence-line air monitoring systems, a bill that did pass in regular session has caught a business industry advocate's eye.

Judiciary Commission of Louisiana adds new member using unique selection process

By Karen Kidd | Jun 24, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Breaux Bridge educator Ashley Gary Higginbotham is the newest member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana, the state's judicial disciplinary agency, which has a unique method for adding members compared to similar agencies in other states.

Defendents in WTC litigation praise new legislation while plaintiff questions its constitutionality

By Karen Kidd | Jun 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A bill recently signed into law meant to prevent the type of litigation that has stalled development of New Orleans' former World Trade Center is being called unconstitutional by an ?attorney for the plaintiff in that litigation.

Landrieu happy to see legislation spawned by WTC redevelopment on governor's desk

By Karen Kidd | Jun 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pleased that the state legislature passed onto the governor legislation aimed at preventing the type of litigation that now embroils the city's former World Trade Center, a spokesman said.

Legislation spawned by challenged WTC development bid on its way to governor

By Karen Kidd | Jun 7, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Legislation aimed at preventing the type of litigation that now embroils New Orleans' former World Trade Center passed the state Senate during its session on Sunday and now is on its way to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

WTC developer to ask appeal court to reconsider its revocation of lower court ruling

By Karen Kidd | Jun 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The winning bidder to develop New Orleans' former World Trade Center, embroiled in a court battle with one of the losing bidders, will ask an appeals court to reconsider its decision to revoke a lower court judge's order that a Florida business man appear for deposition.

Development company files memorandum bolstering its claimed right to sue over WTC development

By Karen Kidd | May 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – With a hearing date looming after the long Memorial Day weekend, attorneys for the company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center in New Orleans have filed a memorandum they hope will bolster their right to sue the city.

Bill spawned by stalled New Orleans WTC redevelopment headed to House debate, vote

By Karen Kidd | May 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A bill that once stood to cost the losing bidder in the World Trade Center redevelopment litigation tens of millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuits against the city, but now likely won't, is headed to the state House floor.

Landry denies bill enhancing attorney general's budgetary control is a power grab

By Karen Kidd | May 25, 2016

BATON ROUGE  – House Bill 105, which would provide the Louisiana Attorney General's Office more power over its budget by taking those powers away from the governor, remains in a Senate committee as adjournment looms, but the attorney general is optimistic the bill will prevail, a spokeswoman said.

Resolution would direct Louisiana Law Institute to examine state discovery rules

By Karen Kidd | May 20, 2016

BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution set for hearing on Monday looks largely like a bit of legislative housekeeping, but could have implications for discovery procedures attorneys in the state are required to follow.

LACDL monitoring bill making domestic violence, sex assault acts admissible in civil cases

By Karen Kidd | May 20, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Proposed legislation currently in the state House that would allow prior acts of domestic abuse, sexual assault and other offenses to be admissible in civil cases also includes provisions for criminal prosecution, an attorney who has testified before the Louisiana Senate about similar bills, said during a recent interview.

Louisiana Bar: Proposed arbitration award legislation, SB 451, 'is a bad bill'

By Karen Kidd | May 19, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Bar Association clearly opposes state Senate Bill 451, scheduled to be heard before a House committee on Monday, which would change the state's arbitration awards law.

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