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  • 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 »
  • ACLU files lawsuit claiming BRPD violated rights of protesters

    July 13, 2016 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ACLU of Louisiana and other civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department and other law enforcement agencies that were present for protests last weekend. In that lawsuit, the ACLU claims that the First Amendment rights of demonstrators were... more »
  • Lawsuit against NFL by former players will go to court

    July 1, 2016 8:30 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court. Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion Friday to dismiss the players'... more »
  • Judge approves settlement in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

    June 28, 2016 12:00 AM

    LOS ANGELES- A judge has approved a settlement that will put "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain. U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday. It ends the ownership claims of Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing company that has been collecting royalties on the song for years.... more »
  • Settlement ends trial in deadly 2012 oil platform fire

    June 27, 2016 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A complex trial combining 10 lawsuits arising from a deadly explosion and fire on an offshore oil platform in November 2012 has ended with the announcement of a settlement. The accident off the Louisiana coast killed three workers and injured several others on a platform owned by... more »
  • Driver sues bar for $1M after drunken crash

    June 27, 2016 4:33 PM

    DALLAS - The Dallas Morning News reported a man is filing a lawsuit against a bar for allegedly serving him too much to drink, leading him to later crash his car. The man, Gordon Savage, brought the lawsuit against W.W. Fairfield’s restaurant and club after he ended his eight-hour... more »
  • Man sues for $30M after serving 13 years for murder he didn't commit

    June 20, 2016 9:11 AM

    DENVER - A man who was just 14 years old when he was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit is suing the City/County of Denver and local police for $30 million. Denver teacher Emily Johnson was brutally murdered and her car was stolen on... more »
  • Led Zeppelin's Page dodges court questions, riffs air guitar

    June 17, 2016 6:15 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Led Zeppelin works that include "Stairway to Heaven" had revenues of nearly $60 million over the past five years, an economist testified Friday in a lawsuit accusing the band of lifting a passage from another songwriter's tune for its best known work. Michael Einhorn told jurors... more »
  • DiCaprio deposition ordered in 'Wolf of Wall Street' lawsuit

    June 17, 2016 1:24 PM

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A federal judge says actor Leonardo DiCaprio can be questioned for litigation stemming from "The Wolf of Wall Street." U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Locke, in Central Islip, New York, issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by Andrew Greene against Paramount Pictures Corp. and others... more »
  • Official: State's refusal to cool death row isn't politics

    June 15, 2016 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana's prison system says politics isn't a factor in the state's refusal to install air conditioning on death row, even though a lawsuit over the facility's heat levels already has cost taxpayers more than $1 million. Jimmy LeBlanc, the state's corrections secretary, attended a... more »
  • $1 million spent to avoid cooling death row

    June 13, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has racked up more than $1 million in legal bills to fight a 3-year-old lawsuit that claims the state's death-row inmates are routinely exposed to dangerous heat and humidity levels in their cells. Records obtained by The Associated Press show most of the taxpayer money has... more »
  • La., 20 other states suing Delaware over abandoned money orders

    June 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Twenty-one states, including Louisiana, are suing Delaware to give back more than $150 million in uncashed money orders. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday the states are suing Delaware at the U.S. Supreme Court over an escalating dispute involving uncashed money orders from Dallas-based MoneyGram. MoneyGram has... more »
  • Trump claims Trump University judge has 'absolute conflict'

    June 3, 2016 11:44 AM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump says the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by former Trump University students has an "absolute conflict" in handling the case because he is "of Mexican heritage." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells The Wall Street Journal that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has... more »
  • Blind man sues McDonald's over car-only drive-thru policy

    June 1, 2016 9:18 AM

    CHICAGO - A blind Louisiana man is suing McDonald's for the right to get served at the chain's drive-thru windows. The Chicago Tribune reports the lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court on behalf of Scott Magee claims McDonald's is violating the American with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve... more »
  • Louisiana, 10 other states sue over federal transgender directive

    May 25, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over a new directive about transgender students in public schools. The lawsuit announced Wednesday also includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Texas, Utah and Georgia. The challenge follows a federal directive to U.S. schools... more »
  • Suit challenges ban on hunting deer with dogs in La. forest

    May 17, 2016 8:35 AM

    ALEXANDRIA - A group of hunters is suing to block a federal ban on using dogs to hunt for deer in Louisiana's only national forest. The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, claims the U.S. Forest Service's ban on "dog-deer hunting" in the 600,000-acre Kisatchie (kis-ATCH-ee) National Forest arbitrarily... more »
  • Final audit report details reasons behind LSU Band Director's firing

    May 5, 2016 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has released the final results of the university’s internal audit that investigated alleged misconduct by now former Director of Athletic Bands Roy King. The audit was initiated after allegations of inappropriate distribution of athletics bands scholarship funds to non-instrument playing students and non-students surfaced. Specifically,... more »
  • Houston man sues Justin Bieber, says star smashed his phone

    May 4, 2016 2:25 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston man is seeking $75,000 in damages from Justin Bieber, alleging that the Canadian pop singer destroyed his cellphone as he videotaped Bieber unsuccessfully gulping from a beer bong at a club following a concert last month. Robert Earl Morgan said in... more »
  • Suit: Louisiana voter registration law is discriminatory

    May 4, 2016 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit claims a Louisiana law discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens by arbitrarily subjecting them to "heightened" voter registration requirements that don't apply to native-born citizens. Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Fair Elections Legal Network filed the suit Wednesday against... more »
  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to award $55 million in talc-powder cancer lawsuit

    May 3, 2016 5:02 PM

    ST. LOUIS- A St. Louis jury awarded $55 million in damages to a woman in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming that its talc-powder causes cancer. The woman who filed, Gloria Ristesund, used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer... more »
  • Fired LSU band director files lawsuit against university

    May 2, 2016 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former LSU band director, Roy King, has filed a lawsuit against the university after he was fired from his position earlier this month, according to his attorney. King’s attorney has said the school was on a “witch-hunt conducted by jealous colleagues” after the band director was... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over April 2015 shooting of teen by deputies

    April 27, 2016 5:17 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - An attorney for a teen injured after being shot by sheriff's deputies last year claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies are inadequately trained. The suit filed on behalf of Matthew Peyronnin named Sheriff Jason Ard and three sheriff's deputies in the lawsuit.... more »
  • Cleveland settles lawsuit over Tamir Rice shooting for $6M

    April 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    CLEVELAND - The city of Cleveland has reached a $6 million settlement in a lawsuit over the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, a black boy shot by a white police officer while playing with a pellet gun. An order filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday says... more »
  • China: Can't sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall

    April 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - China's Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners in six states say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made in China. The ministry says it won't serve the legal papers because the... more »
  • Uber settlement keeps drivers as contractors in 2 states

    April 22, 2016 12:36 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Uber says it has settled a pair of major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that will keep its drivers independent contractors instead of employees. The settlement announced by the ride-hailing company Thursday night is a major step toward keeping its current thriving business model that... more »
  • Izzos Illegal Burrito sues Rouses Supermarket for $10 million

    April 18, 2016 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Izzo’s Illegal Burrito and its parent company have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the owners of Rouses Supermarkets. The lawsuit alleges that the Thibodaux-based supermarket chain pressured the developers of some shopping centers to keep Izzo’s out of their developments. Developers of Juban Crossing in Denham Springs,... more »
  • Man sues Kanye West, Tidal, over new album

    April 18, 2016 11:41 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A Kanye West fan is suing over the rapper's claim that his latest album would only be available to subscribers of the music streaming service Tidal. The proposed class action lawsuit filed Monday in a federal court in San Francisco by Justin Baker-Rhett states that he... more »
  • Governor seeks role in lawsuits against oil, gas companies

    April 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Edwards administration has joined the state attorney general in getting involved in lawsuits filed against oil and gas activities over damage to coastal wetlands. On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking to intervene in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines,... more »
  • Judge approves settlement in Sony Pictures hacking case

    April 6, 2016 2:30 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A judge has approved a multimillion dollar settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose private information was stolen in a massive data breach. The U.S. government blamed the hack on North Korea. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Wednesday on... more »
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE: White Castle plans to follow judge's order regarding records requests Play Video

    April 6, 2016 12:17 AM

    WHITE CASTLE - White Castle town officials agreed to adhere to orders from a district judge to better handle public records requests in the future after two citizens filed a lawsuit against the town in late 2015. The council, mayor, town clerk and town attorney spent more than two hours... more »
  • US judge to allow further digging in Clinton email lawsuit

    March 29, 2016 1:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - A second federal judge says he will allow a conservative legal group to seek more documents and depositions in a lawsuit over access to emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth issued an order Tuesday granting limited... more »
  • WATCH: Trump's threat to sue over La. delegates explained Play Video

    March 27, 2016 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump threatened to file a lawsuit Sunday afternoon over Louisiana's GOP Convention delegation. “Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get fewer delegates than Cruz – Lawsuit coming,” Trump tweeted at... more »
  • Trump University plaintiff seeks to withdraw from lawsuit

    March 8, 2016 4:21 PM

    SAN DIEGO - Tarla Makaeff has had enough of Donald Trump after spending six years fighting him in court. The Southern California yoga instructor wants to withdraw from a federal class-action lawsuit that claims Trump University fleeced students with an empty promise to teach them real estate. Her lawyers... more »
  • Sportscaster Erin Andrews awarded $55 million in lawsuit

    March 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    NASHVILLE - A jury has awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her lawsuit over a secretly recorded nude video that a stalker took of her in a hotel room and posted online. The jury came back with its decision Monday after about a day of deliberations. Andrews works for Fox... more »
  • Opening statements to begin in Hulk Hogan, Gawker lawsuit

    March 7, 2016 8:50 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL.- Opening statements are scheduled to begin in the civil trial between pro wrestler Hulk Hogan and a popular news website. Proceedings will start Monday morning in a St. Petersburg courtroom. Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, is suing Gawker for $100 million for publishing a sex... more »
  • ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant's emissions

    March 4, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An environmental group's lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company's Baton Rouge chemical plant. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network sued the company in federal court on Thursday. The suit alleges that pollution from... more »
  • Families of 12 passengers on Flight 370 file lawsuits

    March 4, 2016 6:12 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- Families of 12 passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have sued the carrier and the government, ahead of a filing deadline next week on the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance. The Boeing 777 carrying 239 flew far off course for unknown reasons after leaving Kuala Lumpur... more »
  • Lawsuit accuses officials of racial bias in water project

    February 19, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit accuses officials in a north Louisiana parish of discriminating against black residents for decades by allegedly failing to provide them with clean water and other services that their white neighbors get. Two black Winnsboro residents sued the Franklin Parish Police Jury on Thursday, claiming... more »
  • 2010 Gulf spill: Pollution trial ongoing for rig supervisor

    February 18, 2016 12:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Deepwater Horizon supervisor who pleaded guilty to a pollution charge in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the colleague now fighting that charge never gave him information that prosecutors say was critical. During the second day of Robert Kaluza's trial, Donald... more »
  • Off-duty foreman testifies about BP explosion

    February 17, 2016 6:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A drilling foreman who had gone off-duty several hours earlier said he was called from his bed shortly before the Deepwater Horizon blew wild on April 20, 2010. The rig erupted in flames, killing 11 men. Once the fire was out, the well spewed oil for... more »
  • Landry drops 'Common Core' fight with Edwards

    February 11, 2016 5:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorney General Jeff Landry has dropped his fight with Gov. John Bel Edwards over a lawsuit against federal education officials. Edwards had moved recently to dismiss former Gov. Bobby Jindal's lawsuit that claimed federal authorities tried to coerce the state into adopting the Common Core math and... more »
  • Attorney General seeks to take over Jindal Common Core suit

    February 8, 2016 6:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's new attorney general has moved to take over a lawsuit that former Gov. Bobby Jindal filed against the federal government over the Common Core Education Standards. It's a lawsuit the new governor, John Bel Edwards, was ready to drop, saying new federal law renders the... more »
  • Judge rules out mentions of deaths at BP supervisor's trial

    February 4, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Eleven men died in the 2010 rig explosion that led to BP's Gulf oil spill, but a jury will hear about only four during a rig supervisor's trial later this month. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. ruled Wednesday that the deaths aren't relevant to the... more »
  • Landry says he, not Edwards, will determine if Common Core appeal continues Play Video

    February 4, 2016 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The same day Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he is ending Louisiana's lawsuit over Common Core Education standards, the newly elected Attorney General said he intends to intervene in the case. In a Thursday press release, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said he will review... more »
  • Sex assault case against Cosby can proceed

    February 3, 2016 4:18 AM

    NORRISTOWN, PA.- A judge has refused to throw out the sex assault case against Bill Cosby, sweeping aside a former district attorney's claim that he granted the comedian immunity from prosecution a decade ago. With the decision Wednesday, the case now moves to a preliminary hearing to see if prosecutors... more »
  • Gov. Edwards hasn't made decisions on Jindal-era lawsuits

    January 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Republican Bobby Jindal left the governor's office with his administration embroiled in three high-profile lawsuits - on Planned Parenthood, Common Core and same-sex marriage. Decisions on those cases now rest with John Bel Edwards. But the new Democratic governor appears in no rush to wade into the controversies.... more »
  • Club in St. Martinville files suit over parade dispute

    January 23, 2016 3:28 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - A club that runs an annual Mardi Gras parade in St. Martinville says in a federal lawsuit that its rights are being violated after the city required it to have more security and barricades to make the parade safer. The Newcomers Club filed a lawsuit Friday in... more »
  • Gov. Edwards budget plan at odds with lawsuit settlement

    January 21, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to redirect Gulf oil spill recovery money to rebalance this year's budget appears to conflict with a legal settlement the state struck two years ago. The settlement was aimed at ending a lawsuit over Louisiana's "rainy day" fund. Edwards wants to... more »
  • Local body shop sees increase in work from 'direct repair shops' Play Video

    January 18, 2016 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some local body shops are beginning to see an old problem crop up again, and it could put you at risk. The State Attorney General sued over this very issue two years ago, and it appears the problem is still out there. It involves insurance companies sending you... more »
  • Rights group suing over public defender shortage

    January 15, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the New Orleans' and state offices tasked with defending people too poor to hire a lawyer after the office began turning down cases, saying it didn't have the resources to do its job. In the lawsuit filed late Thursday... more »
  • Cosby's wife to be deposed in defamation case next month

    January 13, 2016 1:14 PM

    WORCESTER, Mass. - Bill Cosby will not be deposed next month in a lawsuit accusing him of defaming seven women who accuse him of sexual assault, but his wife will be, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy agreed to hold off on the comedian's deposition, scheduled... more »
  • Newtown families split $1.5M from estate of gunman's mother

    December 22, 2015 10:59 AM

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The families of more than a dozen victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will split $1.5 million under recently finalized settlements of lawsuits against the gunman's mother's estate. A lawyer for several victims' families says the settlements were finalized Dec. 17. Details of the... more »
  • Firefighters sue siren maker over their hearing loss

    December 20, 2015 3:10 PM

    NEW YORK - There were times by the end of his shift that firefighter Joseph Nardone's head would be pounding, his eyes crossing from the noise level. The retired Fire Department of New York battalion chief is one of about 4,400 current and former firefighters around the country who are... more »
  • Jindal administration sued over food stamp work requirement

    December 18, 2015 6:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is being sued over work requirements enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients that take effect with the new year. The federal lawsuit was filed Friday in New Orleans by advocacy groups on behalf of seven food stamp recipients who are... more »
  • LSU changed contract with Chavis after he signed

    December 17, 2015 7:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU legal documents revealed Thursday the university changed its contract with former football defensive coordinator John Chavis after he signed. LSU is suing Chavis for breach of contract when he left to coach at Texas A&M earlier this year. Chavis' lawyer Jill Craft said the documents show... more »
  • LSU and John Chavis set for court today

    December 16, 2015 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The saga between LSU and former defensive coordinator John Chavis will be back in court Thursday in Baton Rouge. LSU will ask a judge to make Chavis turn over his cell phone number and phone records. LSU wants Chavis to pay $400,000 for breaking his contract early... more »
  • Lawyers say Chinese drywall company withheld information

    December 15, 2015 2:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for thousands of people who say Chinese drywall made their homes unlivable have told a federal judge that the manufacturer held back critical information for years by failing to reveal a former official's whereabouts. Russ Herman and Christopher Seeger told Judge Eldon Fallon that one... more »
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging business tax change

    December 14, 2015 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers properly passed a tax change aimed at raising $103 million to balance the state's budget. The Louisiana Chemical Association had argued the temporary suspension of a 1-cent sales tax exemption on business utilities didn't receive the required votes and was... more »
  • La. shipyard settles 'False Claims' suit for $8.5 million

    December 9, 2015 4:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Justice Department says a Louisiana ship building company will pay more than $8 million to settle a 2011 lawsuit arising from modifications made to vessels for the Coast Guard. The lawsuit alleged that Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport made false statements about the strength of... more »
  • Schedule set for BP rig supervisor's misdemeanor trial

    December 8, 2015 5:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a 13-day schedule for the trial of a BP well-site leader charged with a Clean Water Act violation in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Robert Kaluza's trial is set for Feb. 16. Judge Stanwood Duval says in... more »
  • Amite loses appeal, will not be in playoffs

    December 4, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Tangipahoa Parish School District seeking to get Amite High's football team back in the state playoffs after they were suspended due to a brawl during Friday night's game. Judge William Morvant in the 19th Judicial District Court said they... more »
  • Expert says 'almost impossible' for Texas refugee lawsuit to succeed

    December 3, 2015 2:26 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is suing the U.S. government in an attempt to block six Syrian refugees from being resettled in Dallas this week. Here's what preceded the lawsuit and what it means: WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE? Texas is the first state in the nation to ask a federal court to... more »
  • Livingston Parish homeowners sue over sand and gravel pit

    December 3, 2015 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A decision by the state Department of Environmental Quality to give the go-ahead to a sand and gravel mining operation in Livingston Parish is being challenged in state court. Louisiana Environmental Action Network, the neighborhood group Save Our Hills Inc. and resident O'Neil Couvillion filed suit Monday asking... more »
  • Texas sues feds to block resettlement of 6 Syrian refugees

    December 2, 2015 6:22 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has sued the U.S. government in an effort to block six Syrian refugees from resettling in Dallas this week. The lawsuit filed Wednesday comes after the nonprofit International Rescue Committee defied orders from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to halt the arrival of Syrian refugees in Texas... more »
  • Kin of Robert Durst's missing 1st wife file $100M lawsuit

    November 30, 2015 4:23 PM

    MINEOLA, N.Y. - Relatives of the missing wife of millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst have filed a $100 million lawsuit blaming him for her presumed death. Kathleen McCormack Durst vanished in 1982. The New York Times reports that her mother and three sisters sued Durst on Monday in... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars

    November 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Monday the lawsuit aims to protect health care access for 13,500 patients statewide. Texas moved to... more »
  • Judge rules against LSU effort to remove manager

    November 20, 2015 3:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge judge has thrown out LSU's lawsuit attempting to remove the operator of university hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. Judge Todd Hernandez agreed with the hospital manager, Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, that LSU didn't follow contract requirements for working to repair problems before declaring... more »
  • NFL set to defend $1B concussion settlement amid appeals

    November 19, 2015 7:01 AM

    PHILADELPHIA- The NFL will ask a federal appeals court in Philadelphia to uphold a potential $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players. Critics appealing the settlement say it compensates some retirees at the expense of others. The awards could reach several million dollars for... more »
  • Ex-assistant to Saints owner claims wrongful firing

    November 17, 2015 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A longtime assistant to Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims he was fired last year in violation of a legal contract. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Saints corporation, Rodney Henry claims that he worked long hours for Benson for approximately 25 years -... more »
  • Plaquemines drops suit against oil and gas companies

    November 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Plaquemines Parish has dropped a lawsuit against oil and gas companies over damages the oil industry allegedly caused to wetlands in the coastal parish by digging numerous canals. On Thursday, the parish council voted to dismiss the suit. The council's move was a blow to... more »

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