In the News Today - September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Despite mounting criticism over his hiring of political donors to serve as outside counsel to represent the state of Louisiana in lawsuits against oil and gas companies, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is "doubling down" on the lawsuits. Read More »

LA Governor Faces Criticism for Hiring Donors as Plaintiffs' Attorneys in Lawsuit Against Oil & Gas Companies

September 01, 2016 | News and Blog

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is facing criticism over bringing in a group of "top campaign donors … as attorneys on a controversial lawsuit against oil and gas companies - a case that could mean a big payday for Edwards' hired guns," reports The Advocate. Read More »

In the News Today - August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016 | News and Blog

Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court dismissed several lawsuits filed against the oil and gas industry by Jefferson Parish, LA. Read More »

Criminal Trial of Texas Plaintiffs' Attorney to Begin Today over Gulf Oil Spill Fraud Allegations

July 18, 2016 | News and Blog

The criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts is set to begin today. Read More »

In the News Today - June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016 | News and Blog

Louisiana's oil and gas industry has become a target for an increasing amount of litigation over coastal erosion claims, said Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs. Read More »

In the News Today - April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 | News and Blog

Mom and Son Sue over SAT Typo that Gave Students Extra Test Time: Students take the SAT in hopes of going to college and getting a good education, but some New Jersey students are getting a first-hand lesson in the ins and outs of the legal system - all due to a simple typo. Read More »

Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Attorneys' Fees Criticized

April 12, 2016 | News and Blog

"$38 million in legal fees for a small group of well-connected trial lawyers is absurd," Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Melissa Landry told Louisiana Record of the reported fees to be paid out to plaintiffs' attorneys involved in the $20 billion oil spill settlement. Read More »

In the News Today - March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 | News and Blog

Jury Finds GM Car's Ignition Switch Not to Blame in Crash: In a bellwether trial over General Motors ignition switches, a jury found yesterday that injuries and damages to a driver and passenger in Louisiana weren't "proximately caused by a characteristic" of the automobile. The jury "stopped short" of awarding damages in the case. Read More »

Louisiana AG Ends State Legal Contracts with Private Law Firms of District Attorneys

March 18, 2016 | News and Blog

Louisiana AG Jeff Landry has severed ties with the private law firms of district attorneys who were previously contracted to provide legal services to the state under private contract. Those contracts had been put in place by Landry's predecessor, James "Buddy" Caldwell. Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | News and Blog

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »