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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: EPA and Partners Announce Sunoco Pipeline and Mid-Valley Pipeline Settle Oil Spill Violations with $5M Civil Penalty

By Press release submission | Feb 4, 2019

In the latest joint federal-state Clean Water Act enforcement action, Sunoco Pipeline L.P. has agreed to pay civil penalties and state enforcement costs and to implement corrective measures to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws by Sunoco and Mid-Valley Pipeline Company stemming from three crude oil spills in 2013, 2014, and 2015, in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

GMA Legal Conference: A 'must-attend event' for food, beverage and consumer product legal professionals

By Dawn Geske | Jan 24, 2019

PALM BEACH GARDENS – This year's Grocery Manufacturers Association's Legal Conference event is set to be held in Palm Beach Gardens on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5.

New Orleans attorney imprisoned over alleged health care fraud faces possible disbarment

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Suspended New Orleans attorney Louella P. Givens-Harding faces possible permanent disbarment following a recommendation issued Jan. 14 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over her 2017 federal health care fraud conviction.

Energy company should pay to clean up 14-year-old spill, No Waste Louisiana says

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 7, 2019

An energy company recently filed a federal lawsuit in New Orleans, claiming a 14-year-old oil spill is due in part to a lack of a containment system and that all active leak sites are no longer losing fuel.

Religious discrimination suit raises constitutional issues, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says

By Carrie Bradon | Dec 26, 2018

A Port Allen police officer recently filed a lawsuit alleging the city's police chief subjected him to religious discrimination and created a hostile work environment.

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Louisiana credit union settles EEOC charges of firing worker who criticized racially offensive video

By Marian Johns | Dec 24, 2018

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana credit union will pay $110,000 to settle a federal agency's lawsuit that alleges the company fired an African-American branch manager because she complained that a training video was racially offensive.

VENABLE: Louisiana’s notoriety as a “judicial hellhole” should come as no surprise

By Lana Venable, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch | Dec 5, 2018

For the ninth consecutive year, Louisiana has been named one of the nation’s Judicial Hellholes® by the American Tort Reform Foundation.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Tort costs are harming businesses and individuals in every state, Institute for Legal Reform study says

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 28, 2018

Huge inefficiencies in the U.S. tort system are posing as a major burden on the average American family, says a new study by the Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Baton Rouge attorney indefinitely suspended following guilty plea to child pornography charge

By Karen Kidd | Oct 3, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Baton Rouge attorney Christopher Gerard Young was indefinitely suspended following a recent Louisiana Supreme Court order after he was sentenced last spring on a child pornography charge.

LADB committee recommends dismissal of charges against New York attorney

By Karen Kidd | Aug 28, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — A Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee has recommended that charges against New York attorney Larry English, who represented a client in an unrelated Louisiana death penalty case reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, be dismissed.

Delegation of clergy goes to White House to discuss prison reform, other legislation related to African-Americans

By Angela Underwood | Aug 22, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Memphis-based bishop of Temple Church of God in Christ and a delegation of clergyman met with Senior White House Adviser Kevin Childs Tuesday to discuss issues related to African-Americans.

Hammond attorney disbarred, two others on disability inactive status

By Karen Kidd | Jun 27, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Suspended Hammond attorney Michael L. Thiel has been voluntarily disbarred and the status of two other attorneys has changed following June 25 Louisiana Supreme Court filings.

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

By John Sammon | May 5, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 26, 2018

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

By Amanda Thomas | Apr 24, 2018

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.

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New Orleans towing company allegedly breached pregnancy discrimination settlement

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 19, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Apr 15, 2018

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

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 8, 2018

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

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Louisiana correctional facility allegedly violated ADA by segregating detainee with HIV

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 3, 2018

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).

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