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  • Tasha Clark Amar wants new judge appointed to lawsuit against dead woman's family Play Video

    February 26, 2018 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In court filings, Monday morning, the Executive Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging's says she feels bullied and defamed over news reports highlighting what she did involving a questionable will. In an unusual and late move, Tasha Clark Amar's attorney filed a motion... more »
  • State office tryst 'consensual,' Sec. of State says; Democrats suggest resignation

    February 22, 2018 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A female employee of the Secretary of State's office filed a lawsuit over sexual harassment allegations. The suit accuses Secretary of State Tom Schedler, an elected official, of making unwanted sexual advances for years and punishing the woman for not accepting the advances. The woman was... more »
  • Catholic Church wins lawsuit over confession

    February 22, 2018 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A long legal battle between the Catholic Church and a woman who argued she tried to use a confession as a way to report sexual abuse against a church parishioner has ended. In a news release announcing its pleasure with the outcome, the Diocese of Baton... more »
  • EBR Parish joins legal fight against opioids Play Video

    January 23, 2018 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish is joining the fight against opioid manufacturing and wholesale distributors. A lawsuit was filed Tuesday claiming the companies pushed false information about how addictive the deadly drug can be. "Monday, we had a mother who overdosed and she had a child in... more »
  • Suit: Hidden camera filmed Forever 21 employee in bathroom

    December 2, 2017 6:16 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.- A former Forever 21 employee at a Providence, Rhode Island, store is suing the retailer after she says someone installed a hidden camera in the employee restroom and secretly filmed her. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York says video that shows the plaintiff partially undressed... more »
  • Convicted killer and rapist demands release, claims his rights were violated Play Video

    August 23, 2017 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A convicted killer and rapist is suing the State Department of corrections Secretary James LeBlanc and Chairwoman of the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Sheryl Ranatza claiming his rights were violated when his parole was rescinded earlier this year. Galbraith raped Karen Hill, tied her to a tree and... more »
  • You could get money for those annoying 'free cruise' calls

    August 17, 2017 12:07 PM

    CHICAGO- Anyone who received a robocall offering free cruises from 2009 through 2014 may be eligible for a payout. The money is from the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Resort Marketing Group. The suit claims RMG broke the law when it robocalled consumers without permission of cruise... more »
  • Brandon Dumas files suit over his Southern University firing

    August 10, 2017 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Fired Southern University official Brandon Dumas has sued the university, WBRZ has learned, alleging the board did not fire him correctly. Dumas' attorneys argue the board did not correctly fire him. Instead of making a decision and voting on a board item to fire Dumas, the... more »
  • Judge rules in favor of WBRZ, The Advocate in court battle over Southern University records Play Video

    August 7, 2017 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ and The Advocate have filed a joint lawsuit to get access to public information concerning the university's investigation into an employee connected to the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. > UPDATE: On Monday, August 21, a judge ruled in favor of WBRZ and The... more »
  • Lawsuit: Prisoners may have been forced to bark for food

    July 20, 2017 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A lawsuit accuses state prison officials of blocking attorneys from investigating claims that inmates with disabilities are being neglected and abused at a north Louisiana prison. The federal suit filed Thursday by the Advocacy Center says the New Orleans-based nonprofit has received "alarming" reports of... more »
  • Polarizing right-wing writer sues over canceled book

    July 7, 2017 8:31 PM

    NEW YORK - Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a New York publishing company over a canceled book deal. Yiannopoulos resigned from the conservative website Breitbart News this year after comments he made about sexual relationships between boys and men. In video clips, he... more »
  • Where is neo-Nazi site's publisher? Lawyers can't find him

    July 7, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In April, a Montana woman sued the publisher of a neo-Nazi website for orchestrating an anti-Semitic online trolling campaign against her family. Nearly three months later, her attorneys are still trying to find him. A court filing Friday by lawyers from the Southern Poverty Law... more »
  • Officer wounded in deadly ambush sues Black Lives Matter

    July 7, 2017 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter and five of the movement's leaders of inciting violence that led to a gunman's deadly ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge last summer. DeRay Mckesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders are named as defendants in the... more »
  • Powerful company counter sues family over historic cemetery Play Video

    July 3, 2017 5:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A family fighting against a powerful chemical company over a historic cemetery was slapped with a shock in court. The family accuses Axiall of limiting access to the cemetery and taking a public road. Axiall is now suing the family, and their attorney called those actions outrageous. The plaintiffs... more »
  • Sterling family says shooting fit racist behavior of police force, Sterling in agony as he died Play Video

    June 27, 2017 8:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Relatives of Alton Sterling claim Sterling's shooting death at the hands of Baton Rouge Police last year fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force that runs deep in the department, the Associated Press reported ahead of a news conference by attorneys Tuesday. READ the... more »
  • Civil rights group's lawsuit targets bail bond companies

    June 19, 2017 6:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A civil rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against a New Orleans bail bond company and related businesses, alleging they violated federal lending and racketeering laws by charging hidden and illegal fees. The Southern Poverty Law Center's lawsuit also claims the defendants resorted to... more »
  • Home health firm to pay investors $43.8M in lawsuit

    June 17, 2017 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nationwide home health firm has agreed to pay $43.8 million to settle a lawsuit by investors who claim it used Medicare fraud to inflate its bottom line. Shareholders filed the federal lawsuit in 2010 against Amedisys Inc. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and some senior... more »
  • Council on Aging director's mom, a judge, recuses herself from daughter's defamation lawsuit

    June 5, 2017 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Judge Janice Clark, the mother of Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar, has recused herself from her daughter's lawsuit. Court documents showed the recusal on Monday just before noon. Along with Judge Clark, all of the judges in the 19th Judicial District Court recused themselves... more »
  • Judge rejects suit over Mississippi governor's budget cuts

    June 2, 2017 5:11 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A judge is rejecting a lawsuit by two Democratic Mississippi legislators who claimed a law letting governors make midyear budget cuts is unconstitutional. Hinds County Chancery Judge Patricia Wise ruled Friday, only two weeks after Rep. Bryant Clark of Pickens and Sen. John Horhn of Jackson had... more »
  • Cracker Barrel settles federal suit over handicapped parking

    May 17, 2017 11:19 AM

    PITTSBURGH - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a Pittsburgh woman who claimed that handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Sarah Heinzl plays on the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team and sued in 2014. She claimed... more »
  • Man wounded in police shooting files $6M suit

    May 16, 2017 10:55 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A young man who was shot and wounded by a Connecticut police officer during a fatal car stop has filed a $6 million federal lawsuit. The man's teenage friend was killed by police. Julian Fyffe's lawyer says he filed the lawsuit late Tuesday against Bridgeport Officer James... more »
  • Conan jokes may have killed, but he stands accused of theft

    May 16, 2017 8:11 AM

    LOS ANGELES - It's no laughing matter. Conan O'Brien is accused of stealing jokes. A federal judge is letting an unusual lawsuit proceed on a trio of jokes O'Brien claims were originals. A San Diego writer accuses the late-show host of plagiarizing punchlines on Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the... more »
  • New Orleans prosecutor sued again over 'false subpoenaes'

    May 15, 2017 5:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has sued New Orleans' criminal prosecutor over what it calls "false subpoenas." The ACLU filed the public records lawsuit Monday against Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro. It's the second civil rights group to file such a suit after news... more »
  • Richard Simmons sues National Enquirer for libel

    May 8, 2017 9:03 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Louisiana native Richard Simmons has filed a libel lawsuit against the National Enquirer and its parent company over stories that claim he is living as a transgender woman. The lawsuit filed Monday is seeking unspecified damages as well as an apology and retraction for stories published in... more »
  • Council on aging director's mom, a judge, assigned daughter's defamation lawsuit Play Video

    May 5, 2017 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Judge Janice Clark, the mother of Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar, has been assigned to hear a lawsuit her daughter filed against a family who has been interviewing with media outlets over how Amar handled their deceased family member's will. Clark Amar filed the... more »
  • Twitter: US backs down on seeking anti-Trump user records

    April 7, 2017 3:21 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter says the U.S. government backed down on a request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump. As a result, Twitter is withdrawing a federal lawsuit that challenged the government's request. Twitter charged Thursday that efforts by the government to... more »
  • Anti-allergy medicine EpiPen recall expands to US

    March 31, 2017 10:23 PM

    A recall of the emergency anti-allergy medicine EpiPen is expanding to the U.S. and other markets in North America, Europe, Asia and South America because the allergy shots may not work. The notice issued Friday by Mylan N.V. expands upon warnings made earlier this month after two reports of the... more »
  • Suit: Dillard University's inaction after 1 rape set stage for another

    March 31, 2017 5:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit claims Dillard University's failure to warn students and ban an alleged rapist from campus after a November 2015 attack set the stage for the rape of another student by the same assailant in April 2016. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports the lawsuit was filed this week in... more »
  • Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement

    March 31, 2017 12:42 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A judge has approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego ends nearly seven years of legal battles with customers who claimed they were... more »
  • Lawsuit: Federal judge can't manage her personal affairs

    March 30, 2017 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge in Louisiana who took medical leave after she was mysteriously pulled off a string of cases now faces a lawsuit from a fellow judge challenging her mental and physical capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs. The case against U.S. District Judge Patricia... more »
  • Lawsuit: Waffle House grease seeped onto neighbor's property

    March 28, 2017 9:10 PM

    ANNISTON, Ala. - An Alabama man says in a federal lawsuit that grease and sewage from a nearby Waffle House seeped onto his property, doing thousands of dollars in damage. Mack Crook Jr. of Anniston is seeking a total of $800,000 from Norcross, Georgia-based Waffle House Inc. At issue is... more »
  • Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit

    March 28, 2017 8:44 PM

    NEW YORK - Wells Fargo says it will pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission. It's the first private settlement that Wells has reached since the company paid $185 million to federal and local... more »
  • Baton Rouge sued again over protest arrests after Sterling shooting

    March 24, 2017 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement officials in Louisiana's capital face another federal lawsuit accusing them of violating the rights of protesters arrested after a black man's fatal shooting by police. Attorneys from the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans filed Thursday's lawsuit on behalf of several Baton... more »
  • Nightclub shooting victims sue gunman's employer, wife

    March 22, 2017 10:00 AM

    ORLANDO - A personal injury attorney representing some of the families and survivors of the Orlando nightclub killings has filed a lawsuit against the gunman's employer and wife, claiming they were able to stop Omar Mateen before the attack but didn't. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in... more »
  • Sept. 11 families sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11 attacks

    March 21, 2017 10:20 AM

    NEW YORK - Hundreds of relatives of those killed on Sept. 11 have sued Saudi Arabia, joining many others who have tried to hold the kingdom responsible for the attacks. Like other recent actions, the lawsuit filed Monday capitalizes on last year's decision by Congress to let victims sue Saudi... more »
  • Settlement resolves race bias claims over salon inspections

    March 9, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A settlement agreement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. Court filings on Wednesday don't disclose any terms of the deal. Attorneys for the state and for four Vietnamese-American salon owners... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss bias claims over salon inspections

    February 21, 2017 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's ruling Tuesday clears the way for a jury trial next month in Baton Rouge for the... more »
  • Louisiana company agrees to stop selling drugs, supplements

    February 16, 2017 3:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Louisiana-based company has agreed to stop marketing untested substances that were labeled and advertised as treatments for heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other maladies. The agreement was announced Thursday by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney in Lafayette. It also stops... more »
  • Beyonce faces $20M copyright suit from YouTube star's estate

    February 9, 2017 7:58 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The estate of a late New Orleans YouTube star has filed a $20 million copyright infringement lawsuit against Beyonce over the use of his voice in her song "Formation." The estate of Anthony Barre, who went by the name Messy Mya on YouTube, claims in the lawsuit... more »
  • NFL retirees urged to sign up for settlement

    February 8, 2017 12:40 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Philadelphia is urging NFL retirees to register for a concussion settlement that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years. About 22,000 retirees are encouraged to get baseline neurological testing. The league expects more than 6,000 of them to eventually be diagnosed with... more »
  • 6 universities to benefit in health care case

    February 7, 2017 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's insurance commissioner says six state higher education institutions will divide more than $2.7 million - the result of the dissolution of a failed health maintenance organization. Jim Donelon says in a Monday news release that LSU-Shreveport, Southern University, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, the University of New Orleans and... more »
  • Groups slam Louisiana's public defender system in lawsuit

    February 6, 2017 3:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit is slamming Louisiana's system to defend poor people, describing defendants waiting months in jail to see their lawyers, and lawyers who are woefully overworked. Two legal rights groups and two law firms filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of 13 defendants currently in jail. They... more »
  • ESPN and Giants defensive end Pierre-Paul settle lawsuit

    February 4, 2017 11:59 AM

    NEWARK, N.J. - New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and ESPN have settled a lawsuit over the network's disclosure of his medical records from a 2015 fireworks accident. ESPN announced the settlement on Friday, saying it believes that the network's reporting about the injury was newsworthy and journalistically appropriate.... more »
  • Trump pays $25 million to settle Trump University cases

    January 19, 2017 3:30 PM

    SAN DIEGO - President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge's approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March 30. Plaintiff attorney Jason Forge says Trump Entrepreneur Initiative paid the money into escrow ahead of Wednesday's... more »
  • 'Apprentice' contestant files suit against Trump

    January 17, 2017 8:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A former reality television show contestant who accused President-elect Donald Trump of aggressive, unwanted sexual advances has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. Summer Zervos, a contestant on "The Apprentice," announced the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles with her attorney Gloria Allred. She alleges Trump defamed her in... more »
  • Lawmaker reaches plea deal as sex-assault trial set to start

    January 10, 2017 9:22 PM

    DALLAS - A judge has dismissed conservative commentator Glenn Beck as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the father of a Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school. The Dallas Morning News reports state District Judge Maricela Moore on Monday dismissed claims against Beck,... more »
  • NC governor expands lawsuit against GOP laws

    January 10, 2017 8:28 PM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's new Democratic governor is expanding his lawsuit against Republican legislative leaders who pushed through laws just before he got sworn in that reduce the longstanding powers of his office. Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday broadened litigation he previously filed in state court seeking to block... more »
  • Suit claims inmate punished for communicating with reporter

    January 9, 2017 1:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit accuses Louisiana prison officials of retaliating against an inmate for corresponding with a reporter whose newspaper published a series of stories critical of the state's corrections department. Monday's lawsuit says prison officials transferred William Kissinger from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and placed him... more »
  • Walker files lawsuit against state; blames I-12 expansion for flooding

    January 5, 2017 4:17 PM

    WALKER – The city of Walker filed a class action lawsuit against the state, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and its contractors on Thursday afternoon, citing that the expansion of I-12 contributed to the severe flooding in the area during the August flood. Attorney Josh Palmintier of deGravelles,... more »
  • Pointe Coupee Parish slapped with a federal lawsuit Play Video

    January 3, 2017 5:28 PM

    NEW ROADS- A longtime employee in Pointe Coupee Parish slapped the police jury with a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation. Sylvester Platt was hired in 1994, and claims just last year he was passed over for at least four promotions. The lawsuit claims the positions were given to less... more »
  • Louisiana sheriff sued over deadly shooting during drug raid

    January 2, 2017 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit claims sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 27-year-old man in his southwest Louisiana home after investigators improperly obtained a warrant to search his residence for drugs. The Dec. 26 lawsuit accuses a Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputy of relying on false and uncorroborated statements from... more »
  • Suburban Chicago man sues over McDonald's 'value meal' price

    December 21, 2016 10:01 AM

    CHICAGO - A suburban Chicago man is suing McDonald's restaurants in two Illinois counties, arguing cheeseburger "Extra Value Meals" are actually more expensive than when the items are purchased separately. James Gertie of Des Plaines tells The Daily Herald that bundling two cheeseburgers, medium french fries and a drink at... more »
  • Health nonprofit sues Louisiana for cuts, alleges defamation

    December 20, 2016 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A government-financed nonprofit aimed at improving Louisiana's health information technology is suing the state health department. The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum says the agency hasn't paid $12 million in promised funding. The lawsuit also claims Health Secretary Rebekah Gee is attempting to undermine the nonprofit's reputation by... more »
  • Rep. Boustany drops lawsuit over prostitution allegations

    December 13, 2016 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany has dropped his defamation lawsuit over a book that alleges the Republican Louisiana congressman was involved with prostitutes who were later killed. Boustany sued the author and publisher of "Murder in the Bayou" in October, when he was in a tight competition for... more »
  • Men convicted in deadly crashes want early prison release

    December 1, 2016 10:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men who are behind bars for separate alcohol-related crashes that killed eight people are each asking for an early release. The Advocate reports Brett Gerald and Joseph Branch filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the state Department of Corrections. Gerald was sentenced to 35 years... more »
  • Settlement approved in Alton Sterling protests lawsuit

    November 22, 2016 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved a $100,000 settlement for 92 protesters that were arrested during the Alton Sterling protests. The money will be paid in equal parts by the City of Baton Rouge and law enforcement agencies. Each person will receive $230 in damages... more »
  • Toyota to pay up to $3.4 billion to settle US truck lawsuit

    November 13, 2016 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a class action lawsuit brought by U.S. pickup truck and SUV owners whose vehicles lacked adequate rust protection. Court filings show that the settlement reached on October 31 covers 1.5 million vehicles, dealing a financial blow to the Japanese... more »
  • State brings stripper's death into suit over age limit law

    November 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the state want a federal court to review a Louisiana police report on the 2015 death of a 19-year-old stripper. But a judge has rejected their arguments. Thursday's ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit filed by three dancers who are fighting a new... more »
  • Officer sues Black Lives Matter activist over protest injury

    November 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge police officer who claims he was injured during a protest after a deadly police shooting in July is suing prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who was arrested during the protests. The unnamed officer's lawsuit says he was struck in the face by... more »
  • Stripper age-limit lawsuit to stay in New Orleans

    November 4, 2016 5:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit challenging Louisiana's new minimum age of 21 for strippers will stay in New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on Friday rejected a motion by the state's alcohol control commissioner to move the case to Baton Rouge, where the law was passed. The commissioner is... more »
  • Jury awards more than $70M to woman in baby powder lawsuit

    October 28, 2016 12:24 PM

    ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis jury has awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum powder use. The jury ruling Thursday... more »
  • Family sues Amazon over hoverboard that burned $1M house

    October 28, 2016 10:02 AM

    NASHVILLE - A family is suing Amazon for selling a hoverboard blamed for starting a fire that burned their $1 million home in Nashville. The Fox family's lawsuit says Amazon had information about the dangers of the product before the Jan. 9 fire. The lawsuit was filed in Davidson County... more »
  • Attorneys in BP settlement with divide $555.2 million

    October 27, 2016 8:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans issued a 42-page ruling spelling out reasons... more »
  • Boy's family sues town over his fatal shooting by deputies

    October 27, 2016 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop last year are suing the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court claims Marksville city officials failed to... more »
  • Strippers fighting Louisiana age law want names under cover

    October 21, 2016 9:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Three women fighting Louisiana's new law making 21 the minimum age for working as a stripper are arguing in federal court that they shouldn't have to reveal their names. Each woman is listed in court records as Jane Doe. Each wants to keep it that way, but... more »
  • La. Supreme Court Justice's case against other justices thrown out

    October 20, 2016 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a member of Louisiana's Supreme Court filed against four fellow justices. Justice Jefferson Hughes filed suit last December saying he was illegally removed from two cases against oil companies. His suit said defendants sought his removal because lawyers for... more »
  • Louisiana attorney general challenges LGBT-rights order

    October 20, 2016 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Republican attorney general asked a judge Thursday to block the Democratic governor's order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people, in an escalating dispute over the protection language. In his court challenge, Attorney General Jeff Landry says Gov. John Bel Edwards' anti-discrimination order violates... more »
  • Jury clears NBA's Derrick Rose in rape lawsuit

    October 19, 2016 4:47 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Jurors have cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. The jury reached the verdict Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court after hearing dramatically different accounts of the... more »
  • US citizen born in refugee camp challenges Louisiana law to marry

    October 18, 2016 12:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Louisiana man is suing to challenge a state law that has prevented him and other immigrants from obtaining a marriage license because they couldn't produce a birth certificate. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court claims the marriage law amended last year by state lawmakers violates the... more »
  • Judge won't force AG to approve contracts with LGBT langauge

    October 18, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has thrown out Gov. John Bel Edwards' lawsuit seeking to force Attorney General Jeff Landry to sign off on legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language to protect LGBT people. Judge Donald Johnson dismissed the case Monday, saying the law is unclear what the attorney general's... more »
  • Lawsuit highlights difficulties for lesser-known candidates

    October 14, 2016 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three candidates trying to force their way into a TV debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race weren't successful. But their court hearing this week underscored the troubles for lesser-known contenders to gain the attention needed to win statewide. Judge Tim Kelley refused to stop the Oct. 18... more »
  • Tourist sues Louisiana State Police over 2015 arrest

    October 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Five Louisiana State Police troopers and the agency's leader have been sued for an alleged unconstitutional stop and arrest last year of a 17-year-old tourist in New Orleans' French Quarter. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court by Lyle Dotson, of Muncie, Indiana, and his father,... more »
  • State wants stripper age case moved to Baton Rouge

    October 7, 2016 9:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana officials want a new location for a federal lawsuit challenging the state law aimed at making 21 the minimum age for working as a stripper. The suit was filed in New Orleans, but lawyers for the state's alcohol control commissioner - the defendant in the suit... more »
  • Settlement reached in north La. housing discrimination case

    October 1, 2016 12:52 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - A low-income housing authority in northwest Louisiana has settled a federal lawsuit in which it was accused of discriminating against black and disabled residents. The Bossier City Housing Authority had been accused of assigning elderly residents to housing based on race, instead of their place on a... more »
  • Appeals court revives World Trade Center contract lawsuit

    September 26, 2016 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit over future development of the riverfront World Trade Center building has been restored by a state appeals court after a judge dismissed the case. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Orleans Civil District Judge Tiffany Chase should not have required a company... more »
  • Obama vetoes 9/11 bill, possible override by Congress looms

    September 23, 2016 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia. The move sets Obama up for a possible first veto override by Congress. Both chambers passed the bill by voice vote. The House sent Obama... more »
  • Lawsuit: Transgender inmate raped at New Orleans' new jail

    September 21, 2016 3:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal lawsuit says a transgender inmate was raped after being locked up with a male prisoner last year in the newly opened New Orleans jail. The lawsuit says the victim is a transgender woman arrested last September for failing to appear in court on a disturbing... more »
  • Walker hires attorneys in planned lawsuit over flooding

    September 19, 2016 3:23 PM

    WALKER - The city announced Monday, it hired attorneys for a planned lawsuit over the August flood. The city said Michael C. Palmintier, APLC and John Neale deGravelles, LLC of Baton Rouge will handle a possible lawsuit against state and federal government agencies related to the flood. Days after... more »
  • AP, other media sue FBI for details on iPhone hacking tool

    September 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press and two other news organizations have sued the FBI to learn who it paid and how much it spent to hack into a locked iPhone as part of a California terrorism investigation. The suit was filed Friday in federal court in Washington under the Freedom... more »
  • Sandra Bland attorney says settlement 'absolute'

    September 15, 2016 2:42 PM

    HOUSTON - An attorney for the family of Sandra Bland says a $1.9 million settlement with the Texas county where she died in a jail cell is "absolute" and the civil lawsuit will be dismissed in several days. Cannon Lambert was responding to comments from the defendants' attorney that the... more »
  • Lawsuit: Georgia voter registration process violates the law

    September 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    ATLANTA - A federal lawsuit claims Georgia's voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of people from being able to register to vote - many of them minorities. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Gainesville says a state policy causes voter registration applications to... more »
  • Judge denies request to declare school staff desegregated

    September 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    AMITE - A U.S. District Judge has denied the Tangipahoa Parish School Board's request for its staff to be declared desegregated, saying the board needs to provide more information. The Daily Star of Hammond reports that in June, the school board requested a final declaration on unitary status for staff... more »
  • Nearly 10,000 workers sue Chipotle for not paying them

    August 29, 2016 5:28 PM

    Former and current Chipotle employees have filed a lawsuit claiming that the company made them work extra hours "off the clock" without paying them. The suit was originally filed by a former Chipotle manager, Leah Turner, who claims she had to work without pay and was told to make... more »
  • Mayoral candidate files lawsuit against Governor, Sheriff over EBR curfew

    August 19, 2016 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A candidate for Baton Rouge Mayor-President says he will continue a lawsuit against Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux for imposing a curfew following this week's historic flooding. The lawsuit, originally filed on Friday, Aug. 19 on behalf of Uncle... more »
  • Walker mayor preparing lawsuit over flooding; Blames state, feds

    August 16, 2016 1:17 PM

    WALKER - The mayor of this Livingston Parish city said he is going to file a lawsuit against the state and federal government, blaming the construction of I-12 for flooding most of the city. About 80% of the homes were flooded, Mayor Rick Ramsey said. "As soon as... more »
  • Lawsuit: Ed Sheeran copied R&B classic 'Let's Get It On'

    August 10, 2016 12:00 PM

    NEW YORK - The family of a co-writer of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is suing Ed Sheeran, claiming the British singer-songwriter's hit, "Thinking Out Loud," sounds too much like the soul classic. The lawsuit filed by the family of Ed Townsend claims Sheeran copied the "heart" of... more »
  • Judge hears of possible solutions to heat at Angola

    August 8, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana has spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to fight a lawsuit that claims three death row inmates are exposed to dangerous heat levels in their cells. After more than three years of litigation, prison officials may have finally found a low-tech... more »
  • Black Lives Matter activist sues Baton Rouge over arrest

    August 4, 2016 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is suing the city of Baton Rouge over his arrest last month at a protest of a black man fatally shot during a struggle with two white police officers. Mckesson was among nearly 200 protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following... more »
  • State won't enforce new abortion restrictions, for now

    July 22, 2016 6:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana officials have agreed not to enforce several new restrictions on abortion pending a judge's decision on whether to block the laws. The restrictions include a requirement for a 72-hour waiting period for many women, and a ban on a common second-trimester procedure called dilation and evacuation.... more »

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