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Louisiana State Chamber supports school superintendent in standoff with Gov. John Edwards

John Sammon Aug. 6, 2017, 9:00am

A now-dismissed lawsuit has pitted Louisiana Gov. John Edwards against Louisiana’s Schools Superintendent John White, with Edwards claiming that White did not follow the proper requirements for keeping his job.

Activists target Louisiana law excluding probationers from voting

John Sammon Aug. 5, 2017, 10:00am

Activists say they are working to overturn what they contend is an improper misinterpretation of the Louisiana Constitution that excludes people on probation from voting even though they hold jobs and pay taxes like other state residents.

After camper dies of heat stroke, National Guard Youth Camp faces lawsuit

John Revak Jul. 14, 2017, 7:36am

The parents of a Louisiana teenager who died at a U.S. National Guard youth camp have filed a lawsuit against the camp.

Magnolia Woods Civic Association, local families sue Baton Rouge over Mount Hope Plantation expansion plan

Chandra Lye Jul. 7, 2017, 4:00pm

Residents have sued the City-Parish of Baton Rouge over the expansion of the Mount Hope Plantation House, a plan they say violates the Unified Development Code (UDC).

Louisiana judge recuses herself from daughter’s case

Denise Royal Jun. 29, 2017, 10:00am

A Louisiana judge has recused herself from a defamation of character lawsuit that her daughter filed.

Director of East Baton Rouge Council on Aging accuses family of former client of defamation

Sara McCleary May 29, 2017, 9:40am

The director of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has filed a defamation suit against the family of a former client.

Southern Poverty Law Center blames Louisiana for public defense insufficiencies

Carrie Salls May 25, 2017, 9:06pm

Meredith Angelson, a senior staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center [SPLC], blames the state for issues with Louisiana’s public defender system’s handling of poor defendants.

Baton Rouge facility developer claims his audit was sabotaged for racial reasons

Kacie Whaley May 21, 2017, 4:38pm

BATON ROUGE — A Baton Rouge construction development executive is suing the state of Louisiana and an auditor for allegedly accusing him of mismanaging funds simply because he is black.

Judge apologizes for inappropriate re-election campaign video

Sara McCleary Mar. 29, 2017, 10:34pm

BATON ROUGE — A judge for the 19th Judicial District of Louisiana has delivered an apology for a video she had made during her 2014 re-election campaign.

Group 'disappointed' as Baton Rouge judge upholds 1976 law that prohibits felons on parole and probation from voting

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 22, 2017, 2:43pm

BATON ROUGE — After 19th District Judge Tim Kelley decided on March 13 to keep in place a 1976 law that prohibits felons on parole and probation from voting, Voice Of The Experienced (VOTE) Executive Director Bruce Reilly voiced that the organization is “disappointed in the law.”

Former Louisiana VA secretary accuses legislative auditor, inspector general of defamation

Laura Halleman Feb. 26, 2017, 11:25pm

BATON ROUGE — One year after a state audit accused former Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary David LaCerte of flawed bookkeeping and bad hiring practices, LaCerte is suing the state's inspector general and executive auditor for defamation.

Judge rules East Baton Rouge must continue as defendant in death of young boy

Andrew Burger Jul. 21, 2016, 1:44pm

BATON ROUGE – A judge has ruled the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge will continue as a defendant in a civil lawsuit brought by the mother of a 4-year old boy who drowned in a flooded, muddy sewer hole that had been left unmarked and unsecured. 

Senate resolution that approved closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center deemed null and void

Carrie Salls Jul. 9, 2016, 6:33pm

BATON ROUGE – A state Senate resolution that was partially responsible for the June 30, 2014 closure of the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville was recently deemed “null and void” by a judge in the 19th Judicial District Court.

Group sues to restore voting rights of ex-offenders in Louisiana

Dawn Brotherton Jul. 5, 2016, 1:48pm

NEW ORLEANS—Voice of the Ex-Offender (VOTE) filed a class-action petition on July 1 in the 19th Judicial District Court, seeking to restore the voting rights of more than 70,000 Louisiana residents who are on probation or parole for felony offenses.

Louisiana Department of Education sues two educators over public data queries

Carol Ostrow Jun. 15, 2016, 9:11am

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) recently sued educators James Finney of Baton Rouge and Michael Deshotels of Zachary over repeated requests for school data.

Hollywood lawyer: Fate of Barry Seal movie depends on how public a life drug smuggler lived

Dawn Brotherton May 13, 2016, 1:48pm

BATON ROUGE — Deborah Seal and her children have asked 19th Judicial District Judge Don Johnson to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Lisa Seal Frigon concerning the movie rights to Barry Seal’s life, but according to a Hollywood lawyer the case may come down to whether the court decides if the notorious drug smuggler-turned-informant was truly a public figure.