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The McDonnel Group says it's owed more than $3 million for French Quarter project

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 14, 2018

A construction company filed a complaint on June 28, saying it’s entitled to more than $3 million for a recent project.

Sea Supply, B & J Martin say they are not to blame for wellhead incident

By Tomas Kassahun | Jul 7, 2018

NEW ORLEANS - Sea Supply, Inc. and B & J Martin Inc. are asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to rule that they should not be held liable for a wellhead that was hit off the Gulf of Mexico, according to a complaint filed June 28.

Livingston Parish sues Ascension Parish over levee plan

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 17, 2018

The Livingston Parish Government has filed a lawsuit to end construction of the Laurel Ridge Levee Extension along the Amite River in Ascension Parish.

Oil wetland damage case returns to federal court

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 17, 2018

Forty two lawsuits filed against oil, gas and pipeline companies have returned to federal courts after those same courts said the dispute should be resolved at the state level.

Man who spent 14 years on death row claims prosecutor, detective elicited false testimony

By Tomas Kassahun | Jun 17, 2018

A man who was accused of murder in 1998 has filed a lawsuit, alleging that a prosecutor and investigator coerced a teen to give false testimony.

4th Circuit Appeals Court rules against woman in case over BP settlement payments

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 30, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court’s ruling against a woman who fought for the right to receive settlement payments for damage to oyster leases caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

Appeals court reverses decision favoring Louisiana DOTD

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 29, 2018

In a ruling made on April 11, the Lousiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal reversed the district court’s decision to dismiss claims against the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Appeals court dismisses lawsuit filed by St. Charles Surgical Hospital

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 13, 2018

In a ruling made on March 21, the state Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit reversed the trial court’s decision and dismissed a lawsuit brought by St. Charles Surgical Hospital, LLC and Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, LLC.

Louisiana appellate court affirms ruling to dismiss suit brought by woman involved in car accident

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 7, 2018

In a ruling issued on March 21, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s ruling to dismiss a suit involving a woman who claimed she was injured in a car accident.

AG Landry applauds ruling to ban sanctuary city

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 6, 2018

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is applauding the U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit, which favored a Texas law that allows a sanctuary city ban.

Appeals court upholds ruling against Golden Nugget Casino

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 24, 2018

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that favors an employee in a lawsuit filed against Golden Nugget Casino.

Court tosses galley hand's suit against Hercules Offshore

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has dismissed a lawsuit against Hercules Offshore Services LLC brought by a former galley hand on an oil rig.

LASC director chosen for Presidential Leadership Scholars program

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 13, 2018

Louisiana Supreme Court Division of Children and Families Director Alanah Odoms Hebert is one of 59 scholars chosen to take part in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.

Shreveport judge 'grateful' NAWJ conference held in city

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 13, 2018

Shreveport City Court Judge Sheva M. Sims, who was recently elected as District 6 Director of the National Association of Women Judges, said it was an honor to have the association's conference in Shreveport, a first for the city.

Attorney vows to keep fighting Louisiana's high jury trial threshold

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 5, 2018

BATON ROUGE — Legal experts aren't giving up on their effort to change Louisiana's jury trial laws, which they say are to blame for the state's sky-high automobile insurance rates.

Louisiana coffee importer loses bid to collect on $2.6 million debt

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 2, 2018

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton of the Eastern District of Missouri has dismissed a counterclaim against Ronnoco Coffee LLC and MidAmerica Roasterie by a Louisiana coffee importer.

4th Circuit upholds closure of Civil Service Commission office

By Tomas Kassahun | Feb 23, 2018

A Louisiana appeals court has denied an appeal by the Plaquemines Parish Department of Civil Service, the Plaquemines Parish Civil Service Commission and Civil Service Director Ellen Barrois in a case over the closure of a government office.

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