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FACT Act will help protect Americans and stop lawsuit abuse

Melissa Landry, Executive Director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Nov. 8, 2017, 3:19pm

Today, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy [R-LA], will spend part of his day at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “The Impact of Lawsuit Abuse on American Small Businesses and Job Creators.”

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week—A Time to Reflect on Where We Are and Where We Need to Go

Melissa Landry, Lawsuit Abuse Watch Oct. 13, 2017, 10:32pm

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Lack of accountability, judicial corruption to blame for Louisiana's low legal ranking, reformers say

John Sammon Sep. 22, 2017, 12:49pm

Legal reform activists say Louisiana is the most frivolous-lawsuit-prone state in the country because it lacks accountability and its judicial system badly needs an overhaul.

Louisiana oil and gas industry suffering from litigation-friendly reputation, association says

Chandra Lye Sep. 21, 2017, 1:55pm

A gas and oil industry spokesperson claims that Louisiana's reputation and its legal climate have affected the growth of the industry, and legal reformers have said they are not surprised by the state's low ranking in a recent legal survey.

Opinion: Deep pocket justice serves lawyers, not Louisiana

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Aug. 2, 2017, 12:52pm

Deep pocket justice. That seems to be the flawed philosophy behind the ongoing legal attack that some politicians and personal injury attorneys are waging against Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.

When trial lawyers fight over legal ads, we all lose

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Jul. 28, 2017, 11:30am

In a story that raises serious questions about the decline of the legal profession and the need to better regulate legal advertising, two Louisiana trial lawyers are fighting it out in court over the right to use the word “guarantee” in their TV commercials.

Online petition calls for Louisiana governor to focus on job creation

Chandra Lye Jul. 20, 2017, 4:00pm

Over 5,000 individuals have signed a petition calling for Gov. John Bel Edwards to focus on creating more jobs in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge judge allows convicted child molester to live down the street from victim

Kacie Whaley May 26, 2017, 8:32am

A Baton Rouge judge recently allowed a man convicted of child molestation to be released from prison so he could care for his ailing mother.

Louisiana needs jobs, not more taxes and lawsuits

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 25, 2017, 12:20pm

Today Louisianans are facing a risk that threatens our economy and perhaps even our way of life: more job-killing taxes and lawsuits.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says reform of asbestos compensation needed

John Sammon May 25, 2017, 12:05pm

A Louisiana government watchdog activist said she hopes the U.S. Senate will pass legislation that will crack down on attorneys who siphon off of damage claims for people who suffer from work-related asbestos exposure.

OPINION: U.S. Senate Should Pass the FACT Act to Help Protect Americans

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 18, 2017, 8:09pm

It is no secret that frivolous litigation filings have skyrocketed in recent years. As more and more personal injury lawyers seek to use and abuse our legal system, Americans have grown tired of paying the costs and have begun calling for reform. Fortunately, Congress is listening.

Katrina settlement might give illusion of levee districts taking responsibility

Sandy Rosenthal, Founder, Mar. 30, 2017, 3:44pm

It’s easy to understand how Ms. Melissa Landy is appalled over the $17 million settlement from Orleans, East Jefferson and Lake Borgne Levee Districts.

Low-settlement awards In Katrina levee-failure case leave victims with as little as $3

Dawn Geske Mar. 28, 2017, 10:42pm

NEW ORLEANS — As the Hurricane Katrina levee-failure case issues its settlement rewards, some victims are feeling less than vindicated with the small monetary amounts awarded to them.

Lawsuit-abuse watchdog to monitor state Taxotere litigation after lawsuit filings surge in Louisiana

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 26, 2017, 11:18pm

NEW ORLEANS — A recent, sudden surge in Taxotere lawsuit filings in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana has caught Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch's attention.

Arkansas court allows Louisiana sporting goods store to be sued in Arkansas

Russell Boniface Mar. 25, 2017, 3:33pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled that an Arkansas woman can sue a Louisiana sporting goods store for damages in Arkansas court.

Lawsuit abuse, unemployment main topics at roundtable meeting in Gonzales

Melissa Busch Mar. 21, 2017, 10:36am

GONZALES — Attendees of the recent Ascension GOP Roundtable received up-to-date information on lawsuit abuse and how it is being handled on state and federal levels.

Lawsuit-abuse watchdog group applauds recent House bill

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 19, 2017, 7:51pm

BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) has responded well to seeing the United States House of Representatives pass the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, which went through the House as House of Representatives as Bill 985 (HR 985).

Coastal erosion lawsuits are expensive treasure hunt that won't pay off, LLAW executive director says

Karen Kidd Mar. 7, 2017, 11:43am

BATON ROUGE – Last week's federal appeals court decision in favor of oil and gas producers accused of causing erosion along the coast is a strong message for Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority board, a tort reform advocate said.

Often misleading and sometimes dangerous, lawyer ads should be regulated

Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 15, 2017, 11:30am

It is impossible to avoid them. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded by aggressive legal advertising. From car wrecks to class actions, solicitations from personal injury law firms dominate our local TV airwaves — not to mention what fills the radio and is plastered on billboards and bus exteriors.

Legal watchdog derides 'system abuse' in Deepwater fund fraud cases

Charmaine Little Jan. 29, 2017, 2:41pm

BATON ROUGE — A legal watchdog has called out the legal system in Louisiana after dozens of people have been convicted for defrauding the BP's Deepwater Horizon fund.