Levee board lawyers make new payment proposal

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Posted: Apr 8, 2014 4:27 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: coastal restoration, oil and gas, coastal erosion, lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a south Louisiana flood control board say they won't charge the public if 97 oil and gas companies will pay them and settle a coastal erosion lawsuit.

Attorneys representing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said Tuesday that their proposal would end what they call a distraction from the facts of the lawsuit.

A bill before the state Senate would require the governor's approval before state flood protection authorities hire outside lawyers - and would make that requirement retroactive.

Its sponsor, Republican Sen. Robert Adley, contends the contract is illegal. He says the attorneys' offer to rewrite it amounts to admitting he's right.

A state judge ruled in March that the contract is legal, calling a lawsuit against it frivolous.

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