U.S. Supreme Court News

LADB committee recommends dismissal of charges against New York attorney

By Karen Kidd | Aug 28, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — A Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee has recommended that charges against New York attorney Larry English, who represented a client in an unrelated Louisiana death penalty case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, be dismissed.

Federal judge keeps investment group's case alive in $3.4 million case against restaurant developer

By Karen Kidd | Apr 26, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — A federal judge recently tossed out parts of a real estate investment group's multimillion dollar breach of contract lawsuit against a Florida developer for allegedly misrepresenting the profit potential of Margaritaville restaurants in New Orleans and in Minnesota.

Louisiana high court's eminent-domain decision could affect future government actions, lawyer says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 14, 2018

A split Louisiana Supreme Court finding St. Bernard Parish's 2010 seizure of a private port along the Mississippi River lawful could encourage aggressive government takings, an attorney in the case and a dissenting justice said.

New Orleans lifts stun gun ban

By Mike Helenthal | May 21, 2017

While stun guns are now legal for New Orleans residents to carry thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, other non-lethal weapons are still banned in the city.

Tulane grad, Alabama judge being considered as Scalia replacement

By Dee Thompson | Nov 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will choose one of the names on his previously announced “shortlist” of 11 judges to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February, which includes a judge from the South. 

Arbitration expert predicts Supreme Court review in Sky Zone decision

By Mike Helenthal | Nov 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana Supreme Court decision declining to enforce a waiver contract that a trampoline park required its customers to sign before jumping could still face the test of a U.S. Supreme Court review.

Sexting incident between parish president, teen draws federal scrutiny and local demands for resignation

By Christopher Knoll | Oct 30, 2016

HARAHAN — Ever since the allegations of sexting a 17-year-old boy in 2015 surfaced in early October, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni has been a no-show at a council meeting, declined to answer questions posed by a joint team of investigative reporters from the NOLA defender and WWL-TV. Instead, Yenni has released a one-minute video-recorded message that the defender derisively called a “commercial."

Louisiana PAC picks Judge Castle after recent debate

By Tara Mapes | Oct 9, 2016

LAFAYETTE - Two candidates for seats on the Louisiana Supreme Court recently squared off at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana flooding expected to yield more lawsuits

By Stephen Silver | Sep 5, 2016

WALKER – The recent flooding in Louisiana could lead to an influx of lawsuits seeking government compensation for flood damage. 

Texas man files suit Calumet Specialty Products Partners after truck explosion

By Deana Carpenter | Jul 19, 2016

DALLAS – A Denison, Texas man has filed a suit against Calumet Specialty Products Partners over claims he was severely burned by nearly 400-degree asphalt after a truck exploded at Calumet’s Shreveport refinery location.

Law prof: Excessive use of force cases made more difficult by Supreme Court ruling

By Jamie Kelly | Jul 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS—The father of a man shot and killed by St. Tammany Parish deputies in October has sued the sheriff’s office, claiming excessive force, but a  2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision might make his case difficult to win. 

Louisiana joins 21-state suit against Delaware for $150 million in unclaimed checks

By Kerry Goff | Jun 26, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Attorneys general from 21 states, including Louisiana, are suing Delaware, claiming that the state has wrongly held onto at least $150 million in uncashed Moneygram checks that should be going to other states.

Louisiana AG victorious as Supreme Court ruling squashes Obama's immigration amnesty program

By Kerry Goff | Jun 24, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General applauded the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that  effectively stalled a controversial amnesty program pushed by the Obama administration to reform immigration policy meant to pave the way for 4.5 million undocumented immigrants to gain legal status and protect them from deportation. 

Baton Rouge's Federalist Society chapter promises to keep Scalia's legacy alive

By Michael Carroll | Mar 29, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may have been a blow to those who live by the principles of limited government and traditional values, but many local attorneys who share Scalia’s outlook continue to meet, discuss and promote those principles.

Outcome of abortion case before U.S. Supreme Court will be felt in Louisiana

By Michael Carroll | Feb 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and other state officials scored a victory last week when a federal appeals court decided that new state restrictions on doctors who perform abortions may go forward, but a similar case that’s before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will likely bring the final word on the matter.

La. AG commissioner celebrates federal court ruling against WOTUS enforcement

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 29, 2015

BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued a nationwide stay temporarily prohibiting the enforcement of the Clean Water Act (CWA), much to the approval of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain. 

Secret Service probe into Deepwater Horizon fraud scheme nets 27

By Louisiana Record reports | Nov 26, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – As BP’s petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Deepwater Horizon settlement is being considered, an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service has concluded with the arrest of 27 people who are accused of trying to defraud the settlement program by filing fraudulent claims.

U.S. Supreme Court will not revive Louisiana parish lawsuits that would have resulted in 'regulatory chaos'

By Louisiana Record reports | Oct 21, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – BP PLC notched up a legal victory on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on a case brought against the oil giant by 11 Louisiana parishes for alleged aquatic and wildlife damages stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

BP seeks return of hundreds of millions in disputed overpayments

By Louisiana Record reports | Jun 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – After more than a year of arguing that the business economic losses BP was paying out were overinflated and did not represent real losses, BP has inched closer to  potentially recovering hundreds of millions it says should have never been awarded.

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