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Law professor calls arrest of teacher at Vermilion Parish School Board meeting a violation of First Amendment rights

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 22, 2019

A teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan has filed a lawsuit against the Vermilion Parish School Board and a police officer after she alleges she was prohibited from participating in a school board meeting and then arrested.

Baton Rouge attorney receives official suspension following negligent injuring plea

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Baton Rouge attorney Gerald Joseph Asay received an official suspension and longtime Houston attorney Bernadette Lockett Thomas is on voluntary inactive status following separate Louisiana Supreme Court filings.

Disciplinary board recommends Shreveport attorney be permanently disbarred following 2017 identity theft arrest

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Ineligible Shreveport attorney Christopher Lee Sices faces possible permanent disbarment following a recent Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee's recommendation over allegations that included identity theft and forgery.

Disciplinary panel recommends attorney practicing without license not be admitted to bar for several years

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Sanford A. Kutner, an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and New York who has maintained a Louisiana address, may not be admitted to the practice of law in Louisiana for several years following a Jan. 16 Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee's recommendation.

Lawsuit over elderly couple's deaths in high-speed chase returns to Caddo County

By Karen Kidd | Jan 22, 2019

SHREVEPORT — The lawsuit filed by the surviving children of an elderly couple who died following a high-speed chase in Shreveport is on its way back to a Caddo Parish court following a recent state appeals court ruling.

Court dismisses federal discrimination claims in suit against Tangipahoa Parish School Board

By Chandra Lye | Jan 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has partially granted motions to dismiss an employment discrimination lawsuit against members of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board.

Court denies several motions regarding testimony in suit over MRI equipment at Metairie medical center

By Chandra Lye | Jan 21, 2019

The court granted several motions for summary judgment and denied some in a case involving Philips Healthcare

Court awards seaman more than $630,00 in damages for grinder accident aboard Marquette Transportation vessel

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently awarded a former seaman more than $630,000 in a lawsuit claiming he was injured while working aboard a vessel owned by Marquette Transportation.

Judge dismisses remaining claims in Orleans Parish courthouse breach of contract lawsuit

By Takesha Thomas | Jan 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently dismissed the remainder of a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a contracting company hired to construct a courthouse in Orleans Parish.

Appeals court revives Toledo Bend Dam inverse condemnation suit

By Karen Kidd | Jan 21, 2019

BATON ROUGE — The inverse condemnation claims of Louisiana property owners along the Sabine River downstream of the Toledo Bend Dam has been revived and will remain in state court following recent appeals.

Silbo Industries ordered to submit documents related to Louisiana distribution in defective equipment claim

By Carrie Salls | Jan 21, 2019

NEW ORLEANS – Silbo Industries Inc. will be required to submit documents requested in a multi-party lawsuit by CGP Manufacturing Inc., according to an order entered Dec. 4 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association calls for policies that will improve state's broken legal climate

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 17, 2019

Lana Sonnier Venable of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) examined lawsuit abuse in Louisiana in a recent report published on DailyCaller website.

Lawsuit abuse an issue that 'should resonate with all Louisianans,' Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 17, 2019

In a recently published article on the Daily Caller, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Lana Sonnier Venable examined lawsuit abuse which has become out of control in recent years in Louisiana.

'Predatory legal environment' a big problem in state, Louisiana Free Enterprise Institute says

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 17, 2019

In a recent article published in The Daily Caller, Lana Sonnier Venable of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) examined the legal climate in Louisiana and commented on what she believes to be a cry for reform

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.

Denham Springs attorney placed on supervised probation for alleged mishandled trust account

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Longtime Denham Springs attorney Michael A. Betts has received a deferred suspension and has been placed on supervised probation following a Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding over allegations he mishandled his client trust account.

New Orleans attorney voluntarily disbarred, Shreveport lawyer indefinitely suspended

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — New Orleans attorney Brian P. Quirk has been voluntarily disbarred and Shreveport attorney Kirby Dale Kelly has been indefinitely suspended following separate Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court decisions.

Louisiana Supreme Court remands proceedings against Gretna attorney to discipline board

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Proceedings against Gretna attorney Kevin Michael Steel are on their way back to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) following a state Supreme Court order issued earlier this week.

Pelican Institute CEO says Louisiana is 'in desperate need of legal reform'

By Carrie Bradon | Jan 16, 2019

Pelican Institute CEO Daniel Erspamer discusses the state's dire legal situation with the Louisiana Record.

New Orleans attorney's disbarment period extended over additional charges

By Karen Kidd | Jan 16, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) – Disbarred New Orleans attorney Greta L. Wilson will have to wait longer to apply for readmission following a Jan. 14 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding regarding misconduct related to a client matter.

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