News from May 2016

New oil rig regulations have industry unsure of cost burden

By Sean Fowler | May 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - New safety regulations for offshore drilling rigs -- primarily spurred by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon rig blowout -- were passed recently, but it's too soon to tell if they will help Louisiana or hurt it.

Minden police officer still not reinstated despite ruling by appeals court

By Emma Gallimore | May 1, 2016

SHREVEPORT – A Minden Police Department lieutenant has yet to be reinstated despite a Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in early March that reversed his termination.

Judge's order to release inmates highlights budget issues in New Orleans

By Emma Gallimore | May 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A Orleans Parish judge has ordered the release of seven indigent defendants because the public defenders' office can’t afford to defend them.

Disabled man accuses shopping center operator of non-compliance with ADA law

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

LAFAYETTE — A Caddo Parish man is suing the operator of a small Shreveport shopping center, alleging failure to provide safe and full access to the property. 

Employee accuses oilfield service company of racial discrimination

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A Lafayette Parish man originally from Ghana is suing an international oilfield service company, alleging a hostile work environment and racial discrimination.

Motorist blames U.S. government employee for causing crash

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Parish woman is suing the U.S. Postal Service, through the U. S. government, alleging a government employee caused a vehicle crash.

Drivers take on Gretna's use of traffic cameras to issue tickets

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 2, 2016

GRETNA — A lawsuit against the city of Gretna and Redflex Traffic Systems adds to the growing number of lawsuits questioning the legality of citations issued by photo systems.

Energy company blames barge business for causing damage on Lake Pontchartrain

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — An integrated energy company is suing a fleet and barge owner, alleging negligence caused a collision on Lake Pontchartrain that damaged the plaintiff's property.

Carbon business accuses Massachusetts corporation of negligent representation

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Parish carbon manufacturer is suing a Massachusetts corporation, alleging failure to comply with a warranty agreement. 

Disabled man alleges business property owners make access difficult

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A disabled man from Metairie is suing three business property owners, alleging they failed to make their property accessible to people with disabilities. 

Georgia customer accuses Xarelto producers of fraud, negligence

By The Louisiana Record | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A Georgia man is suing a group of drug companies involved with the production and sale of Xarelto, alleging warranty breach and fraud. 

Utah uses Louisiana law firm's legal analysis to pursue public lands lawsuit

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 2, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Utah lawmakers want to take control of the federally managed public lands that make up more than half the state, and they've turned to a local law firm to figure out how to do it.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation hopes settlement resolves conflict among other agencies

By Kerry Goff | May 3, 2016

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which is the largest clinic provider in the East Baton Rouge parish and services more than 1,500 patients, most of whom are HIV positive, accused Baton Rouge of abusing its authority in the awarding of Ryan White Care Act funding for only three eight services provided by AHF. They filed a suit against the city to dispute the limited funding, and the issue was settled in late April.

Natchitoches District Attorney 'aspires' to new role on the Third Circuit

By Katie Rucke | May 3, 2016

In lieu of riding off into the sunset after retiring from the district attorney’s office, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Van Kyzar is running to fill the vacant seat on the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Iberville Parish man accuses Plaquemine police chief of false imprisonment

By The Louisiana Record | May 3, 2016

BATON ROUGE — An Iberville Parish man is suing the Plaquemine Police Department police chief, alleging false arrest.

Louisiana woman accuses Lafayette Parish officials, ex-huband of fictitious criminal charges

By The Louisiana Record | May 3, 2016

LAFAYETTE — A lawyer and his client are suing Lafayette Parish law enforcement officials, alleging wrongful criminal charges.

New York man alleges Louisiana financial company owes him $125,000

By The Louisiana Record | May 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A New York man is suing a Louisiana financial corporation, alleging default in payment of $125,000.

Tutor alleges Tulane failed to pay overtime

By The Louisiana Record | May 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A tutor is suing Tulane, alleging the university has failed to pay its employees overtime wages.

Customer alleges car dealers breached warranty

By The Louisiana Record | May 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana customer is suing Ford and a Lafayette car dealership, alleging a manufacturing defect and breach of warranty.

Baton Rouge businessman sued after claiming deceased partner's life insurance payout

By Karen Kidd | May 4, 2016

BATON ROUGE  – An attorney representing the minor children of an estranged couple who died in a murder-suicide in November is saying little about the lawsuit filed against their father's business partner, a Baton Rouge man who collected their father's $500,000 life insurance payout.

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