Levee board lawyers make new payment proposal
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.