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Former parking administrator’s discrimination lawsuit against New Orleans dismissed

By Laura Halleman | Aug 9, 2017

A wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit brought by a former parking administrator for the city of New Orleans has been dismissed by a federal judge.

‘Debtors' prison’ lawsuit causes New Orleans judges to waive $1 million in court fees

By Laura Halleman | Jul 19, 2017

In hopes of avoiding a federal civil rights lawsuit over funding court transactions with fines and fees placed on predominantly poor defendants, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court (OPCDC) judges have voided $1 million in fees for court costs.

Civil lawsuit filed against Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Ville Platte PD

By Laura Halleman | Mar 29, 2017

VILLE PLATTE — A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana against the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Ville Platte Police Department alleges that the plaintiffs experienced illegal investigative holds and a violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.

Minority judgeship lawsuit now in court

By Laura Halleman | Mar 26, 2017

HOUMA — A federal judge has heard arguments regarding a minority judgeship case that strives to alter the at-large voting system to a district based method to create a minority district.

Oral arguments begin in Ridgeway appeal against Stryker

By Laura Halleman | Mar 25, 2017

CINCINNATI — Oral arguments have begun before an appeals court in the case of Stryker vs. Christopher Ridgeway, a former sales representative scheduled to appeal his $750,000 loss in a lawsuit.

HUD not notified of Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority settlements

By Laura Halleman | Mar 15, 2017

HOUMA — The Houma-Terrebonne Housing Authority failed to notify the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that the group had settled two federal lawsuits.

Judge OKs $24M in attorney fees For $175M BP Deepwater deal

By Laura Halleman | Mar 9, 2017

HOUSTON — A Texas federal judge has awarded $24 million in fees and costs and approved a $175 million settlement for investors who reached a deal with BP PLC.

Former Louisiana VA secretary accuses legislative auditor, inspector general of defamation

By Laura Halleman | Feb 26, 2017

BATON ROUGE — One year after a state audit accused former Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte of flawed bookkeeping and bad hiring practices, LaCerte is suing the state's inspector general and executive auditor for defamation.

Court fights continue over public funding for Type 2 charter schools

By Laura Halleman | Feb 12, 2017

BATON ROUGE — Type 2 charter schools are facing another setback in public funding after the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal ruled this month that the institutions are not public schools, and therefore cannot receive public funding.

Executive sees new hope for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry

By Laura Halleman | Jan 9, 2017

SHREVEPORT — With a new presidential administration on the horizon, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs is confident it will only help an industry that has seen its fair share of challenges.

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