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Head of Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners keeps job after month-long investigation

By a narrow 5-4 vote, Fabian Blache III, executive director of the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners, kept his job April 30 after the board found that accusations against him of favoritism, inappropriate conduct and of damaging agency morale were unsubstantiated.

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

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.

New Orleans towing company allegedly breached discrimination settlement

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against a New Orleans towing business for allegedly breaching a pregnancy discrimination settlement agreement.

New Orleans towing company allegedly breached pregnancy discrimination settlement

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NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit April 12 against TRU Towing Auto, a New Orleans towing business, for allegedly breaching a pregnancy discrimination settlement.

Fifth Circuit affirms lower court's ruling finding man guilty of re-entering U.S. illegally

NEW ORLEANS — A federal jury's conviction of a Mexican man for illegal re-entry into the United States in 2016 has been affirmed on appeal, despite the felon's claim that his Brady rights had been violated.

Company claims employee was injured in car accident

GRETNA –A distributing company is seeking damages for a car accident.

Louisiana correctional facility allegedly violated ADA by segregating detainee with HIV

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 22 that Union Parish Detention Center (UPDC), a Farmerville, Louisiana, correctional facility, will pay $27,500 in in damages and adopt new policies after allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Federal judge blocks Bayou Bridge Pipeline completion

A federal judge ordered a preliminary injunction on Feb. 23 to stop the final construction phase of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Louisiana defends Trump's recent water regulation reduction

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s press secretary said the state will fight New York, the District of Columbia and other states

BRIGGS: Optimism in the Chalk

Sitting through the local evening news may call for even the happiest Louisianian to reach for an anti-depressant.

Bankruptcy court must reconsider trustee fees in JFK Capital case, federal appeals court says

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Louisiana's Eastern District will have to reconsider trustee fees it decided to reduce in the bankruptcy of a Metairie man convicted of wire fraud, according to a revised a federal appeals court ruling earlier this month.

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

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.

Slidel attorney permanently disbarred after "Doc-in-a-Box" conviction

Slidel attorney Joseph George Pastorek II, also a physician in Covington, has been permanently disbarred following a Jan. 30 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding after his 2011 conviction in the U.S. Department of Justice's

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

Former New Orleans police official among signatories in California 'sanctuary city' case amicus brief

A Justice Department policy that ties federal funding to immigration-based requirements is "misguided" and hampers local law enforcement, former New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a recent press release.

Louisiana lawyer says suing drugmakers for opioid crisis is not the way to solve epidemic

NEW ORLEANS —A number of class-action lawsuits have been filed against pharmaceutical companies in recent years, alleging they created a public nuisance in the form of widespread opioid addiction, much like cigarette makers have been blamed for cancer caused by tobacco use.

Louisiana once again named as a 'judicial hellhole'

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."

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Louisiana ranks last in legal climate, business survey finds

Louisiana’s legal system ranks 50th — the worst in the nation — according to a new survey from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Atlanta attorney reciprocally disbarred following fraud conviction

Atlanta attorney Everett H. Mechem, has been reciprocally disbarred following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding, more than a year after his conviction on 28 counts of fraud in connection with a Social Security payment scheme