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Atlanta attorney reciprocally disbarred following fraud conviction

Atlanta attorney Everett H. Mechem, has been reciprocally disbarred following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding, more than a year after his conviction on 28 counts of fraud in connection with a Social Security payment scheme

Justice Department accuses two Louisiana companies of Immigration and Nationality Act violations

The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 26 it has filed a lawsuit against Louisiana-based companies Technical Marine Maintenance Texas LLC, which provides contract shipyard labor, and Gulf Coast Workforce LLC, a related company, for allegedly violating the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Federal government seeks to prohibit Louisiana woman from preparing tax returns

NEW ORLEANS – A tax return preparer residing in Louisiana is accused of filing false and fraudulent returns.

Baton Rouge police officers await outcome of state investigation into Alton Sterling shooting

The State of Louisiana is now investigating whether Baton Rouge Police Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II acted lawfully in the shooting of Alton Sterling on July 5, 2016 after a federal investigation concluded Sterling's civil rights had not been violated.

Harvey woman alleges she was injured in collision with U.S. Marshall's Service employee

NEW ORLEANS – A Harvey couple has filed for damages allegedly sustained by the wife from a collision with a federal employee.

Government alleges Ascension Parish man owes more than $2 million in taxes

BATON ROUGE – An Ascension Parish man is accused of failing to timely file income tax returns.

Baton Rouge woman alleged to have failed to notify Social Security of boyfriend's death

BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge resident is accusing of unlawfully withdrawing supplemental security income benefits that were paid to her deceased boyfriend after his death.

Lafayette locals accuse VPPD of violating their constitutional rights

LAFAYETTE — Three Lafayette residents are accusing the Ville Platte Police Department of violating their constitutional rights — and their lawyer wants to see better treatment for all the area's citizens through a lawsuit.

U.S. prosecutes record number of shipping companies for alleged illegal dumping

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of cases involving shipping companies illegally dumping in U.S. waters in 2016.

Camden woman charged with faking Deepwater Horizon survivor's will

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas woman has been indicted on charges that she created a fake will for a Deepwater Horizon survivor, giving the largest portion of his estate to her daughter following his death in an auto accident.

Family of deceased inmate sues Orleans Parish Sheriff

NEW ORLEANS — Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has been sued by the family of 34-year-old Orleans Parish inmate Calvin Thomas (a.k.a Calvin Deal).

DOJ reaches settlement with Louisiana Tech to desegregate A.E. Phillips School

MONROE – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached an agreement in a decade’s-long desegregation suit filed against the A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, a public school operating on Louisiana Tech University’s Lincoln Parish campus.

City of New Orleans seeks to settle fatal police shooting lawsuits

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans has been making efforts to settle lawsuits in a couple of fatal police shooting instances that occurred after the destruction left by Hurricane Katrina.

Television producer settles case against Baton Rouge Police Department after being arrested recording police actions

BATON ROUGE — Television news reporter Brett Buffington’s lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department has been settled.

U.S. alleges taxpayer, property owners owe nearly $353,000

LAKE CHARLES — The U.S. government is suing two Louisiana residents and a Texas woman, alleging they owe nearly $353,000 in unpaid federal taxes.

Wrongful prison death lawsuit shines light on growing problem in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE -- A wrongful death lawsuit concerning a 72-year-old man who died in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison is moving forward.

New Orleans man facing up to 20 years in jail for false Deepwater Horizon claims

NEW ORLEANS — Kevin Richard, 26, of New Orleans recently pled guilty to engaging in mail fraud, admitting to submitting a fraudulent application for disaster assistance money in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Immigration attorney's resignation accepted before disbarment proceedings began

The Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accepted the resignation of attorney Julie Krull during disciplinary proceedings for disbarment.

Wheelchair-bound man alleges New Orleans Jazz Fest still isn't ADA compliant

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is part of a lawsuit filed by a wheelchair-bound man who says organizers have't gone far enough in providing accessibility to patrons with disabilities.

Feds allege woman owes more than $1 million in tax penalties

NEW ORLEANS – The federal government alleges a U.S. citizen currently living in Panama owes penalties in regards to a foreign bank account.