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Graves: Edwards' targeting of oil, gas industry is about politics, greed, not justice

A Republican Louisiana congressman lodged a stinging rebuke at the state's Democrat governor for his attempts to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, saying it's more about buying Mercedes than obtaining justice.

LLAW director: Attempt to place political donors as attorneys in lawsuits will be hard for Edwards to live down

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards may answer to the state's voters, but likely no one else, after trying to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, a spokeswoman for a legal watchdog group said during a recent interview.

Edwards using new litigation to deflect pay-to-play controversy, oil and gas industry statement says

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to double down on coastal litigation against the oil and gas industry is an attempt to distract from his own questionable actions in existing cases, according to a recent industry statement.

Special counsel: Best and brightest in legal field attracted to health care law

BATON ROUGE – Health care law is attracting the best and brightest in the legal profession, according to the former Louisiana assistant attorney general currently on Jones Walker's new special counsel on the firm's health care practice team.

State cosmetology board ‘does not want my business to survive,’ plaintiff in threading lawsuit says

NEW ORLEANS – It's white cotton thread, eyebrows and maybe a little facial hair.

New motions filed in professor's lawsuit seeking equal application of monument ordinance

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – The Tulane University professor challenging a city ordinance that promoted a New Orleans' City Council vote to remove statues of Confederate-era historical figures says he has received much support for his case.

Attorney: Case could decide if $500,000 cap applies to certain types of medical malpractice suits

NEW ORLEANS – A little-reported medical malpractice lawsuit now before the Louisiana Supreme Court could decide whether a damages cap defined by state law covers certain negligence cases, a malpractice attorney based in Metairie said during a recent interview.

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.