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Mayor: Bill set for hearing in House has implications beyond WTC development

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 4:10pm

NEW ORLEANS – A bill set for hearing before a state House committee later this month, which could cost one company millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuit over the former World Trade Center development, is a self-defense measure, a spokesman for New Orleans' mayor said.

Bill that could cost Two Canal Street Investors millions scheduled for May 23 House hearing

Karen Kidd May 11, 2016, 4:46pm

NEW ORLEANS –  Representatives of Two Canal Street Investors plan to address a state House committee considering a bill that could cost the company millions of dollars to maintain its lawsuit against the city of New Orleans over development of the World Trade Center, a company attorney says.

Two Louisiana environmental groups petition EPA to stop paper mill discharge into Arkansas creek

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 11:02pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Louisiana Record) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has received a petition from two Louisiana environmental advocacy groups seeking to stop an Arkansas paper mill's daily discharge of millions of gallons of wastewater, an EPA spokesman said.

Attorney: Memorandum for motion to dismiss is defense attempt to avoid trial in WTC case

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 10:37pm

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – An attorney for the company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center in New Orleans said the latest filing by defendants in the case is another attempt to avoid trail.

Baton Rouge businessman sued after claiming deceased partner's life insurance payout

Karen Kidd May 4, 2016, 11:06am

BATON ROUGE  – An attorney representing the minor children of an estranged couple who died in a murder-suicide in November is saying little about the lawsuit filed against their father's business partner, a Baton Rouge man who collected their father's $500,000 life insurance payout.

DA association backs bill aimed at troubled Louisiana Public Defender Board

Karen Kidd Apr. 30, 2016, 12:11pm

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Public Defender Board is under fire for how it funds defendant representation in capital murder cases and is the target of a state House Bill that would winnow its membership as the state's public defenders crisis continues to deepen.

Jefferson Parish cabbies considering options in dismissed case against UberX drivers

Karen Kidd Apr. 29, 2016, 1:47pm

GRETNA – Jefferson Parish cabbies suing UberX drivers over alleged unfair trade practices are weighing their options now that a judge has dismissed their case.

City disputes contents of white paper on World Trade Center dispute given to Senate

Karen Kidd Apr. 27, 2016, 6:03pm

NEW ORLEANS – The city of New Orleans and other defendants in litigation brought by a company that lost its bid to develop the former World Trade Center dispute the contents of a white paper an attorney for the company provided to members of a state Senate committee.

One NOLA law firm behind more than 100 ADA lawsuits in five years

Karen Kidd Apr. 27, 2016, 2:24pm

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans' historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar is among the latest targets of the Bizer Law Firm, which has filed more than 100 Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits for the same group of plaintiffs in five years.

Both sides of Baton Rouge AIDS Healthcare Foundation suit say protest had no bearing on settlement

Karen Kidd Apr. 25, 2016, 10:55am

BATON ROUGE  – A small protest outside an AIDS Healthcare Foundation's office in Baton Rouge last week had no bearing on the announced settlement of the foundation's lawsuit against the city, spokesmen for both sides said in separate interviews.

Fourth Circuit affirms lower court ruling allowing New Orleans WTC development to move ahead

Karen Kidd Apr. 24, 2016, 10:57am

NEW ORLEANS – Depending on which side is issuing the statement, a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal's decision handed down on April 20 in the former World Trade Center development dispute either is hugely important or just a procedure.

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 22, 2016, 1:58pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 21, 2016, 1:34pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 20, 2016, 6:30pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 20, 2016, 1:24pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 13, 2016, 3:48pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 1:56pm

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 12, 2016, 11:28am

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

Karen Kidd Apr. 11, 2016, 3:02pm

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'

Karen Kidd Apr. 11, 2016, 3:01pm

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.