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Plaquemines Parish Council did not heed voters regarding coastal lawsuits Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense says

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 13, 2018

The Plaquemines Parish Council recently voted on whether to withdraw from a series of coastal lawsuits against the gas and oil industries, an issue that has left leaders and organizations at odds, with some groups pushing for additional litigation against the energy industries and others committing to fight until the lawsuits stop altogether.

Writer makes case for need to reform 'judicial hellhole'

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 13, 2018

Following several reports on the poor legal climate in Louisiana, the need is increasing to seek out reform options for the flawed tort system that is costing the state $1.1 billion a year and 15,500 jobs.

Plaquemines Parish Council member stands by decision to push for withdrawing from coastal lawsuits

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 12, 2018

The Plaquemines Parish Council, prodded by Council Member Irvin Juneau, recently voted on whether to withdraw from coastal lawsuits against the oil and gas industry.

St. Martinville police chief says officer found guilty of using excessive force gives all cops a bad image

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 12, 2018

St. Martinville Police Chief Ricky Martin recently weighed in about a case in which a former officer who was found guilty of abusing his police powers.

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association praises Plaquemines Parish Council for attempt to withdraw from coastal lawsuit

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 8, 2018

After the Plaquemines Parish Council voted 4-3 on a measure to withdraw from a coastal lawsuit that threatens the oil and gas industry, Gifford Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) published a response to the vote titled "Changing the Trajectory."

Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense sees likelihood of questionable lawsuits fueling rise in insurance rates

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 7, 2018

Recent lawsuits filed against truck drivers regarding incidents that allegedly occurred at the same Gentilly truck stop are raising questions about the legitimacy of the lawsuits and eliciting comments from several groups and organizations, including the Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense.

Truck stop lawsuits may hint at a crisis in the commercial auto insurance market, LABI says

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 6, 2018

A number of lawsuits have been filed for traffic accidents that allegedly took place at a Gentilly truck stop, leading some lawyers to become suspicious about the suits and raising the possibility that Louisiana residents, who already pay some of the highest auto insurance premiums in the country, may be made to pay even more, a posting on wdsu.com said.

Suits regarding accidents at truck stop may be case of 'jackpot justice,' Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 5, 2018

After a series of lawsuits regarding accidents at a Gentilly truck stop, some lawyers are raising questions about the lawsuits, especially given the fact that commercial truck drivers, who are alleged to the be parties at fault in the accidents, are required to carry a $1 million insurance policy.

Jails owe inmates 'special duty of care,' attorney says regarding negligence suit against Assumption Parish

By Carrie Bradon | Nov 5, 2018

A lawsuit filed by the mother of a man who died in the Assumption Parish Detention Center in February alleges the sheriff's staff neglected to give her son, Edward Murphy, his heart medication.

LOGA: Changing The Trajectory

By Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association | Nov 2, 2018

The Plaquemines Parish Council recently voted 4-3 in favor of withdrawing from a set of coastal lawsuits filed against oil and gas companies operating in the parish.

State business and industry leader says high litigation costs hurt Louisiana families

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 31, 2018

The director of civil justice for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) is concerned about the high cost of litigation and what it means to those living in the state.

Report shows how hard tort costs are hitting residents' wallets, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 30, 2018

The tort system in the United States cost $429 billion in 2016 with the tort system costs in Louisiana alone totaling $7 billion, according to a study recently published by the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

Tort reforms needed to curb costs, save jobs, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch says

By Glenn Minnis | Oct 29, 2018

Louisiana can never be its best self in the face of an over-exuberant civil court system, Lana Venable, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW), recently told the Louisiana Record.

Leader of state oil and gas association laments costs of excessive litigation

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 29, 2018

The president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) is fearful of what the costs and lost jobs stemming from excessive litigation mean for the state's economy.

Most Louisiana residents oppose lawsuit alleging coastal erosion against oil and gas companies

By Carrie Bradon | Oct 24, 2018

Plaquemines Parish government has allowed plaintiff attorneys to file suit on its behalf for coastal erosion against a number of oil, gas and pipeline companies in the state, alleging they have been contributors to coastal erosion, but Louisianans are not necessarily backing the initiative.

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