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Hammond attorney disbarred, two others on disability inactive status

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Suspended Hammond attorney Michael L. Thiel has been voluntarily disbarred and the status of two other attorneys has changed following June 25 Louisiana Supreme Court filings.

Louisiana correctional facility allegedly violated ADA by segregating detainee with HIV

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 22 that Union Parish Detention Center (UPDC), a Farmerville, Louisiana, correctional facility, will pay $27,500 in in damages and adopt new policies after allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Bankruptcy court must reconsider trustee fees in JFK Capital case, federal appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2018

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Louisiana's Eastern District will have to reconsider trustee fees it decided to reduce in the bankruptcy of a Metairie man convicted of wire fraud, according to a revised a federal appeals court ruling earlier this month.

Slidel attorney permanently disbarred after "Doc-in-a-Box" conviction

By Karen Kidd | Feb 3, 2018

Slidel attorney Joseph George Pastorek II, also a physician in Covington, has been permanently disbarred following a Jan. 30 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding after his 2011 conviction in the U.S. Department of Justice's

Atlanta attorney reciprocally disbarred following fraud conviction

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2017

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

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 3, 2017

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 4, 2017

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

By John Sammon | Jun 23, 2017

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 15, 2017

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 13, 2017

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

By Lhalie Castillo | May 1, 2017

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

By John Myers | Mar 15, 2017

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

By S. Laney Griffo | Mar 10, 2017

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

By Tabitha Fleming | Jan 20, 2017

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

By Christopher Knoll | Dec 11, 2016

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

By Richard Jones | Nov 30, 2016

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

By Chandra Lye | Nov 17, 2016

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

By Dee Thompson | Nov 6, 2016

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

By Michael Abella | Sep 6, 2016

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

By Andrew Burger | Aug 17, 2016

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

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