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St. Martinville police chief says officer found guilty of using excessive force gives all cops a bad image

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 12, 2018

St. Martinville Police Chief Ricky Martin recently weighed in about a case in which a former officer who was found guilty of abusing his police powers.

Honda files notice to move suit filed in 2017 fatal crash in Rapides Parish to federal court

By Mary Ann Magnell | Oct 15, 2018

ALEXANDRIA – American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (AHM) recently filed notice to remove a products liability lawsuit from the 9th Judicial District Court for Rapides Parish to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Former TD Solutions employee claims he was fired for whistleblowing

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 20, 2018

A Grant Parish man is suing a trucking company after he was terminated for notifying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of a potential illegal immigrant without a drivers license transporting goods for the company.

Kwik Stop stores selling fake pipes, lawsuit says

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 20, 2018

Kwik Stop convenience store chain faces a federal trademark lawsuit for allegedly selling counterfeit glass water pipes.

Alexandria medical practice sues Health and Human Services, Medicare over billing dispute

By Tomas Kassahun | Sep 17, 2018

ALEXANDRIA – Mchael Dole, MD, A Professional Medical Corporation (APMC) based in Alexandria, recently filed a federal a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a dispute over Medicare receivables claims.

Alexandria police accused of harassing bystanders who recorded arrest with their cell phones

By Tomas Kassahun | Sep 16, 2018

ALEXANDRIA – Local police in Louisiana are accused of violating the civil rights of two bystanders who claim they were harassed by officers after using their cell phones to record a police incident.

CenturyLink shareholder brings lawsuit against board members

By Danielle Pacey | Aug 8, 2018

A CenturyLink shareholder accuses the company's former and current board members of inflating stock prices in a recent lawsuit.

Marksville police officer and Avoyelles Parish deputies face wrongful death lawsuit

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 1, 2018

Two Texas residents accuse a Marksville police officer and two Avoyelles Parish sheriff deputies of choking and tasering their brother to death.

Former employee files whistleblower suit against VA Canteen Services

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 21, 2018

In a complaint filed July 11, counsel for plaintiff Terri Hunter brings a whistleblower claim against the Department of Veterans Affairs Canteen Services in the Western District of Louisiana – alleging that the plaintiff was retaliated against for reporting poor handling of food and drug products.

Lack of in-person interpreter for nonverbal deaf man leads to discrimination claim against health care provider

By John Sammon | Jun 2, 2018

​A man who is deaf, visually impaired and nonverbal is suing a medical care center, claiming the center deprived him of his rights by denying him an in-person interpreter to explain his treatment and instead forced him to use a VRI (video-remote interpreting) device.

Man demands jury trial over alleged Takata airbag failure

By John Sammon | Jun 1, 2018

A man is suing the manufacturer and distributor of what he maintained was a defective airbag that allegedly failed properly deploy during an accident, causing him physical injury.

Pipefitter injured in platform incident files claim against employers

By Carrie Bradon | May 20, 2018

Fieldwood Energy LLC and Facilities Consulting Group LLC are being sued after an employee alleges he was injured in a work incident due to the negligence of the defendants.

More lawsuits to follow after New Iberian family awarded $75,000 following deputy's shooting of dog

By John Breslin | Apr 20, 2018

LAFAYETTE - Two other lawsuits involving law enforcement officers shooting dogs allegedly without cause have been filed by the attorney for owners awarded $75,000 after an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy killed their dog.

Teen's excessive-force claim against Opelousas, officer sent back to district court

By Karen Kidd | Apr 16, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — A teenager's excessive-force claim against the city of Opelousas and one of its police officers is headed back to district court after an appeals court vacated parts of a summary judgment in the case over the teen's arrest in 2015.

Family reaches settlement in fatal shooting of handcuffed Louisiana man

By Amanda Thomas | Mar 28, 2018

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit against a Louisiana sheriff over the shooting death of a man who was handcuffed.

Shreveport man freed from death row files suit in hopes 'injustice never happens again'

By Karen Kidd | Dec 5, 2017

SHREVEPORT — The lawsuit filed by former death row inmate Rodricus Crawford is about more than justice for Crawford; it's about getting Caddo Parish officials to change their death-penalty-dealing ways, one of the now-freed man's attorneys said during a recent interview.

Equifax Inc., Navy Federal Credit Union alleged to have reported inaccurate information on credit report

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 14, 2017

LAFAYETTE – A Leesville consumer alleges that she has been damaged by inaccurate information on her credit report.

Deaf man accuses Caddo Parish sheriff of discrimination

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 16, 2017

LAFAYETTE – A deaf and illiterate individual who uses American Sign Language to communicate alleges he was unable to participate in court proceedings because he was handcuffed.

Man alleges Leesville officer subjected him to illegal arrest during traffic stop

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 12, 2017

LAFAYETTE – A Vernon Parish man alleges that he was illegally arrested by a Leesville police officer last year.

Deaf man alleges he was not provided auxiliary aides by Bossier Parish sheriff

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 6, 2017

LAFAYETTE – A deaf Bossier City man who communicates using American Sign Language alleges that he suffered discrimination because he was not provided an effective means of communicating with law enforcement.

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