Jindal to sign bills on oil-related lawsuits
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is getting ready to sign a bill aimed at killing a south Louisiana levee board's lawsuit against the oil industry over coastal wetlands damage.
Jindal was set for a Monday afternoon news conference to sign the levee board lawsuit bill. He also was to sign a measure reworking laws governing so-called "legacy lawsuits." Those are suits seeking compensation from energy companies that leased property and are blamed for damage from drilling, such as contamination of ground water resources.
Opponents of the levee board bill say it lets oil companies off the hook for damage to the coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
Critics of the legacy lawsuit bill say it shouldn't be applied to landowners who already have suits pending.