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Louisiana attorney general, governor plan legal actions against opioid manufacturers

By Mark Iandolo | Feb 27, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Feb. 20 they will coordinate efforts in pursuing opioid manufacturers for their alleged role in the opioid crisis. “

Louisiana once again named as a 'judicial hellhole'

By Dee Thompson | Dec 12, 2017

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana was once again ranked as a "judicial hellhole" by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF), this year coming in at No. 8 on its national rankings based on what the organization says are "unbalanced courts" and "excessive litigation."

Opinion: Deep pocket justice serves lawyers, not Louisiana

By Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Aug 2, 2017

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.

Louisiana needs jobs, not more taxes and lawsuits

By Melissa Landry, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch | May 25, 2017

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

Attorney General Jeff Landry sues Governor John Bel Edwards over $4 million

By Dee Thompson | May 21, 2017

BATON ROUGE — A recent lawsuit filed by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry claims that Governor John Bel Edwards improperly withheld almost 4 million dollars the AG needs to run his office, the Department of Justice.

Fight between Louisiana AG, Governor reveals cracks in system

By Aaron Crider | Dec 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry clearly could have a better relationship.

Louisiana Attorney General confident about ruling on constitutional powers lawsuit against Gov. Edwards

By Dawn Geske | Dec 11, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is awaiting a ruling on his lawsuit against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards regarding an executive order regarding the placement of language in state contracts disallowing discrimination based on a worker's sexual preference.  

Baton Rouge to pay DeRay McKesson, police protesters in settlement

By Jamye E.S. Johnson | Dec 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved a settlement recently with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson and other police protesters totaling approximately $100,000. The settlement comes after more than 200 people were arrested during protests after the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling, an unarmed black man, by Baton Rouge police.

Louisiana governor-attorney general disagreement has a new hearing

By Deb Rogers | Dec 4, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The battle over who has the final say in Louisiana constitutional matters will continue until at least the end of the month.

Parish district attorney discourages coastal lawsuits against oil and gas companies

By Kerry Goff | Dec 4, 2016

THIBODAUX — Lafourche Parish District Attorney Cam Morvant has claimed that groups are disseminating incorrect information about lawsuits targeting gas and oil companies, according to an article in the Daily Comet.

Louisiana legislators side with attorney general over dispute with governor

By Chandra Lye | Nov 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE — Fifteen members of the Louisiana Legislature have filed a petition regarding litigation between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Louisiana attorney general attacks Advocate in editorial

By Joe Dyton | Nov 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry recently submitted an editorial to The Advocate in reaction to the publication’s critique of how he’s handling state policy.

Louisiana leaders square off over state legal contracts

By Alyssa Henrickson | Nov 7, 2016

BATON ROUGE — Tensions are running high between the offices of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry as both men question the constitutionality of protected classes in state legal contracts.

La. governor takes hunting vacation with lawyer retained by state to sue oil industry

By Hanna Nakano | Nov 2, 2016

Edwards joined major campaign donor Taylor Townsend on a four-day hunting trip to Colorado, renewing questions about the appropriateness of their relationship.

Louisiana state leaders bash governor for pay-to-play scheme

By Mary Anne Kress | Oct 28, 2016

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Republican Party last month accused Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards of cronyism and a pay-to-play scheme involving lawyer T. Taylor Townsend.

Graves: Edwards' targeting of oil, gas industry is about politics, greed, not justice

By Karen Kidd | Sep 29, 2016

A Republican Louisiana congressman lodged a stinging rebuke at the state's Democrat governor for his attempts to insert campaign donors as attorneys into controversial lawsuits against oil and gas companies, saying it's more about buying Mercedes than obtaining justice.

Sue or Get Out of the Way

By Stephen Waguespack, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry | Sep 27, 2016

On September 21, 2016, a letter was signed and sent by Governor John Bel Edwards to multiple coastal parishes in the state of Louisiana to “encourage” them to sue oil and gas companies in their parishes, as well as those that previously operated in the area. 

Edwards using new litigation to deflect pay-to-play controversy, oil and gas industry statement says

By Karen Kidd | Sep 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards' decision to double down on coastal litigation against the oil and gas industry is an attempt to distract from his own questionable actions in existing cases, according to a recent industry statement.

Public policy consultant blasts Edwards' choices in litigation over coastal land loss

By Tara Mapes | Sep 22, 2016

BATON ROUGE – For the better part of 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards and his efforts to get the oil and natural gas industries to pay for the restoration of Louisiana’s coast have been under scrutiny. Not because of his endeavor to protect Louisiana land, but because of whom he is choosing to litigate the cases against the oil and gas industries.

Attorney General Jeff Landry sets himself up as John Bel Edwards’ political foe

By Rebecca Campbell | Jun 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards have been causing headlines in the Capitol on several issues ranging from budgets and lawsuits to gay rights and immigration policing.

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