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Marrero attorney permanently disbarred following allegation of converting $70,000

Karen Kidd Nov. 16, 2017, 1:35pm

Marrero attorney Kenneth Michael Waguespack Jr. has been permanently disbarred following a Nov. 13 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included forgery and converting tens of thousands of dollars.

Atlanta attorney reciprocally disbarred following fraud conviction

Karen Kidd Nov. 16, 2017, 8:00am

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

Baker judge publicly reprimanded following alleged neglect of client trust account

Karen Kidd Nov. 15, 2017, 8:00am

Baker attorney and city court judge Kirk Anthony Williams has been publicly reprimanded following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his private practice client trust account.

Lafayette attorney suspended for multiple violations

Karen Kidd Nov. 14, 2017, 8:00am

Lafayette attorney Richard Eugene Smith has been suspended for 60 days after an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding following allegations he mishandled his client trust account and practiced law while he was ineligible to do so.

Parties file motions after ruling deems 32nd Judicial District election method as unconstitutional

Dee Thompson Nov. 13, 2017, 12:00pm

Despite a ruling in a lawsuit involving the NAACP and the governor that the method of electing judges in the 32nd Judicial District is discriminatory, both sides are arguing how voting in the 32nd Judicial District should be handled

New Orleans attorney disbarred following multiple allegations, several years of discipline

Karen Kidd Nov. 12, 2017, 11:55pm

New Orleans attorney Richard C. Teissier has been disbarred following an Oct. 27 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations that included engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upholds class-action status in double-billing case

David Hutton Nov. 12, 2017, 6:00pm

A Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal panel has upheld a lower court’s ruling certifying a case against West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital and other defendants as a class-action lawsuit

Association: Flood authority's case could harm oil companies despite Supreme Court denial to hear appeal

Karen Kidd Nov. 10, 2017, 12:55pm

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's failed lawsuit against oil companies could harm the industry's ability to do business in Louisiana, a trade association official said.

Capital One suit over unpaid credit card balance resolved

Dee Thompson Nov. 8, 2017, 12:52pm

A lawsuit filed by Capital One seeking damages from a credit-card holder over an open account has been resolved in the 24th Judicial District Court.

Edwards backed by Louisiana Democratic Party as state treasurer election nears

Erianne Leatherman Nov. 6, 2017, 4:07pm

The runoff election for Louisiana state treasurer will take place Nov. 18, with Democrat Derrick Edwards and Republican John Schroder facing off.

Baton Rouge attorney suspended over alleged multiple offenses

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 12:00pm

Baton Rouge attorney Mark G. Simmons has been suspended for 60 days following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations of multiple offenses in a single client matter.

Heartland Institute suggests Trump needs to take note of energy conference

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 11:59am

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Louisiana Record) – U.S. energy policy needs to be wrested from "climate alarmists" and returned to experts in the field, a Heartland Institute spokesman said during an interview regarding this month's conference in Texas "gathering the country’s best energy policy experts". "

Louisiana Supreme Court clears Vernon Parish Asst DA of withholding evidence in murder trial

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2017, 1:23am

Leesville attorney and Vernon Parish assistant district attorney Ronald Kenneth Seastrunk has been cleared of all charges over his alleged failure to hand over evidence to the defense in a 2012 murder trial, according to an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding.

Assistant U.S. attorney suspended for failing to disclose relationship with FBI agent

Karen Kidd Oct. 27, 2017, 8:00am

Shreveport attorney and assistant U.S. attorney C. Mignonne Griffing has been suspended six months following an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding for failing to disclose an intimate relationship with an FBI agent.

Royal Caribbean not eligible to join Deepwater Horizon oil-spill class action, court rules

John Sammon Oct. 26, 2017, 1:10pm

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line was denied the right to join a class-action settlement against BP Exploration & Production and BP America Production Co. and BP PLC for an oil spill that began on April 20, 2010, and polluted the Gulf of Mexico.

Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office accused of coercing crime victims, witnesses

Dee Thompson Oct. 24, 2017, 3:20pm

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the District Attorney of Orleans Parish and others alleges that prosecutors unlawfully arrest, imprison and coerce crime victims and witnesses.

New Orleans attorney suspended over allegations he 'grossly mishandled' client trust account

Karen Kidd Oct. 22, 2017, 8:00am

New Orleans attorney Michael Louis Martin has been suspended for two years following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his client trust account.

Lafayette attorney disbarred after stealing almost $40,000, admitting to opioid addiction

Karen Kidd Oct. 21, 2017, 8:00am

Lafayette attorney Adam Anthony Abdalla has been disbarred following an Oct. 18 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary proceeding following allegations he had stolen nearly $40,000 from his former employer.

Lafayette attorney disbarred after allegedly converting client funds in personal injury case

Karen Kidd Oct. 20, 2017, 2:11pm

Lafayette attorney Peter Brian Derouen has been disbarred following an Oct. 16 Louisiana Supreme Court disciplinary hearing over allegations he converted more than $18,000 of a client's funds and didn’t coordinate payment of her medical bills.

Deepwater Horizon settlement attorney fees remain unpaid

Angela Underwood Oct. 19, 2017, 5:21pm

Though the waters are clear from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the matter of a $6.4 million unpaid attorney bill remains murky.