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Blaming energy industry for coastal erosion solves nothing, says LLAW

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

New Orleans Parish is one of many in the state that has filed a lawsuit against the oil and gas companies, alleging that their operations have been the main contributors to several environmental issues, including the coastal erosion.

LMOGA president speaks out as New Orleans joins coastal lawsuits against energy companies

By Carrie Bradon | May 6, 2019

Following the seemingly countless threats against the oil and gas industry of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans has joined with six other parishes filing lawsuits against energy companies, listing allegations of coastal land loss.

Pelican Institute's Baehr supports new auto insurance bill

By Carrie Bradon | May 3, 2019

While Louisiana is known for being one of the most expensive states in which to own a car, the result of inflated insurance rates due to large settlements from even minor accidents, there is a new bill seeking to bring those rates back down to earth.

LOGA president says City of New Orleans is chasing 'pot of gold' by joining coastal erosion lawsuits against energy companies

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 29, 2019

In the wake of numerous threats against the oil and gas industry of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans has come alongside of six parishes that are suing companies for alleged coastal land loss.

Louisiana Lawsuit Absue Watch director critical of Terrebonne Parish's fight against coastal oil and gas firms

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 15, 2019

In an op-ed written by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch director Lana Venable and published by Watchdog, Venable calls attention to a plan involving the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Pelican Institute CEO condemns Terrebone Parish efforts to disrupt oil and gas operations

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

It is no secret that Louisiana is often criticized for its proliferation of trial attorneys who make a profit by pursuing legal battles in which large settlements are attached. A recent tactic in Terrebonne Parish is being brought to light by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch through an op-ed written by Lana Venable, director of LLAW, and published by Watchdog.

Louisiana Free Enterprise Institute president critical of parish's 'heavy-handed' tactics to assess damages against oil and gas firms

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

Legal observers say Louisiana has long been home to trial attorneys who seek to make a profit by pursuing battles with large settlements attached, and a recent tactic in Terrebonne Parish is being brought to light by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

Terrebonne Parish seeks damage assessments before violations have been confirmed, state oil and gas offical argues

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 8, 2019

A recent op-ed written by Lana Venable, director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and published by Watchdog raises concerns about the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ recent appointment of the Terrebonne Parish district attorney to conduct damage assessments that are alleged to come from oil and gas development in the parish.

Louisiana Oil and Gas Association reaffirms its commitment to protecting state's natural resources

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 7, 2019

In a recent op-ed, written by Lana Venable, director of the Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and published by Watchdog, concerns have been raised about the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ recent appointment of the parish district attorney to conduct damage assessments that are alleged to come from oil and gas development in Terrebonne Parish.

LFEI pushes for more transparency in judicial elections

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 29, 2019

Louisiana business interest groups are seeking more transparency when it comes to the selection of judges, citing the state's history of challenges related to trials and litigation, many of which they believe are caused by trial lawyers’ influence in judicial elections.

CCS claims state's litigious culture drives insurance rates

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 28, 2019

Louisiana residents have for years paid some of the nation's highest auto-insurance rates, a burden the Coalition for Common Sense (CCS) says is the result of the state's rampant culture of litigation.

LABI seeks reform to address state's auto-insurance crisis

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 28, 2019

According to a Fox News report, Louisiana lawmakers plan to address the state's notoriously high auto-insurance rates in the next legislative session.

LABI program of judicial review 'is a call to engage'

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

The state's business community is eager to implement judicial-review measures following a summit hosted by Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) and other special-interest groups.

Pelican Institute says state sales tax structure discourages job creation, limits opportunity

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 26, 2019

Louisiana has recently become one of the states with the highest burdens from tort-related taxes. Now, the Pelican State is also among the worst states for sales tax.

Motor Transport Association argues evidence of fraud is strong after plaintiff pleads the 5th

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 25, 2019

A federal judge has postponed a civil trial in a lawsuit that was filed after the plaintiff submitted an affidavit exercising his Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating himself at trial.

Federal judge postpones trial in semi-truck accident that defendant has claimed was staged

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 25, 2019

A federal judge in New Orleans has decided to postpone a civil trial involving a car accident that allegedly took place between a truck and car and was later flagged as suspicious.

Loyola professor says Bossier Parish Schools settlement concerning religious freedom is 'important and positive step'

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 20, 2019

A professor and constitutional expert at Loyola University said the settlement by a Louisiana public school district that was promoting religious messages in the classroom is an important step for students of all faiths.

Pelican Institute warns staged-accident scams are egregious, yet unsurprising

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 18, 2019

The Louisiana Motor Transport Association is on high alert for auto accidents that might be out of the ordinary, as staged accidents are becoming all-too-common in the state.

Expert says direct action against insurance companies contributes to state's 'judicial hellhole' label

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 18, 2019

Being repeatedly named "a judicial hellhole," Louisiana has come under extreme scrutiny in recent years due to the lawsuit culture that causes auto insurance companies to face more claims here than in most other states in the U.S., according to The Advocate.

LABI's Chauvin details true cost of direct action against insurance companies

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 18, 2019

According to a recent article by The Advocate, Louisiana -- which has long been known as "a judicial hellhole" -- is struggling amid a flood of auto insurance lawsuits.

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