June 25, 2014 10:56 AM
PHILADELPHIA - The NFL has agreed to remove a cap on concussion-related damages after a judge questioned whether a proposed settlement provided enough money to cover retired players. A revised settlement agreement filed Wednesday also eliminates a provision that barred anyone who gets concussion damages from the NFL from suing... more »
June 4, 2014 7:57 PM
LOS ANGELES- A brewery in New Orleans agreed to change the name of one its beers as part of a settlement with the company that has the rights to the movie monster Godzilla.
New Orleans Lager & Ale Co. agreed to change the name of its Mechahopzilla beer at... more »
April 23, 2014 3:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- If you are one of roughly 3,000 individuals who participated in a class action lawsuit against the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and never claimed your settlement proceeds, the money is now Unclaimed Property.
That's according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. "Regardless of the reason why this... more »
April 23, 2014 1:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health care provider, agreed to pay $150 million to resolve allegations they filed false Medicare claims.
The federal government said between 2008 and 2010 Amedisys improperly billed Medicare for ineligible patients and services,... more »
February 27, 2014 7:36 PM
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA- A cemetery may be on the hook for $80 million in settling a lawsuit that claims human remains were dumped from hundreds of graves to make room for new burials.
It involves Eden Memorial Park and the settlement came in the middle of a jury trial... more »
February 27, 2014 2:22 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT- Authorities have arrested a man accused in a shooting Wednesday night in Livingston Parish.
Deputies say Robert Higgens shot another man after the two got into an argument at Higgens' home in the 18000 block of La Trace Road in French Settlement.
The victim was taken... more »
February 12, 2014 12:43 AM
BATON ROUGE- A settlement for an accused killer's grandmother is up for discussion at Wednesday afternoon's Metro Council meeting.
Linda Thomas sued the city after she said she was injured when police searched her home for her grandson, Aramis Jackson, more than three year ago.
Jackson faces charges... more »
December 26, 2013 2:57 PM
NEW ORLEANS- BP is appealing a judge's rejection of its argument that claimants who can't trace their losses directly to the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't receive payments through a multibillion-dollar settlement with a team of private plaintiffs' lawyers. BP attorneys filed a notice of appeal Thursday, two days... more »
November 20, 2013 2:28 PM
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company that sought more than $3 million for bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong earlier this year after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his... more »
November 4, 2013 7:39 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A year ago, BP PLC urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve its... more »
October 31, 2013 8:09 AM
GRETNA - A state-run insurance company of last resort has settled the remaining claims in a class-action lawsuit tied to how it handled claims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
State District Judge Henry Sullivan gave final approval Wednesday to the settlement in which Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance... more »
September 12, 2013 9:49 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111 million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill.
In a court filing Wednesday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau... more »
September 4, 2013 10:15 AM
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is disputing assertions that the league's $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport's revenues. In his first public comments since the settlement to the lawsuits was announced last week, Goodell said Wednesday that "this is a... more »
September 4, 2013 8:52 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered a multi-billion dollar settlement with BP following the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's approval of the deal. In a court filing Tuesday, the private lawyers say only a "paltry few objectors" have raised the... more »
August 30, 2013 11:22 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful. Last year, BP joined plaintiffs' attorneys in urging U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier... more »
August 29, 2013 4:49 PM
Tony Dorsett hopes a tentative $765 million settlement with the NFL can make a difference in the lives of the thousands of former players who are suffering from concussion-related brain injuries. Players like Dorsett, a Hall of Fame running back. The settlement announced Thursday would provide immediate compensation for players,... more »
August 28, 2013 10:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's order Wednesday... more »
August 26, 2013 9:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
August 15, 2013 7:46 PM
COLUMBUS, OHIO- A lesbian Catholic school teacher who challenged her firing will not get her job back as part of a settlement with the Diocese of Columbus. Instead, lawyers say Carla Hale will receive "acknowledgement" for her years of service at Bishop Watterson High School. Both parties would not disclose... more »
July 23, 2013 6:16 PM
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana System have agreed to pay a blind student $23,500 and to make all course materials accessible to disabled students. A U.S. Justice Department statement says the settlement resolves complaints about two classes. The student said he had to withdraw from... more »
July 19, 2013 10:00 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rejected BP's request to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled Friday after BP attorneys argued that payments should be suspended while... more »
July 8, 2013 7:37 AM
NEW ORLEANS - An attorney for BP PLC says "irreparable injustices" are taking place because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making settlement payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ted Olson argued Monday in a packed courtroom before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court... more »
July 7, 2013 10:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP's massive Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for the... more »
July 2, 2013 4:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has refinanced Louisiana's tobacco settlement bonds, though the state received significantly less money than expected through the deal. Jindal's top financial adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, announced Tuesday that the deal was done. Instead of the more than $140 million in upfront... more »
July 2, 2013 3:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday... more »
June 26, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a $30,000 settlement after a woman's hair was pulled by a Baton Rouge Police Officer two years ago.
Melinda Morris said Sgt. Bobby Schilling used excessive force when he drug her into a ditch while working a traffic crash.
Schilling and city police... more »
June 26, 2013 4:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to refinance Louisiana's tobacco settlement bonds has run into snags driven by changing financial market conditions. Estimates of how much money Louisiana can get with a refinancing have sunk. Treasurer John Kennedy, a critic of the refinancing structure used, said savings estimates dropped... more »
June 25, 2013 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will decide on a list of controversial issues at Wednesday's Metro Council Meeting.
Among the items on the agenda, a $30,000 settlement dealing with an allegation of police excessive force. Melinda Morris sued the city after an incident with Sgt. Robert Schilling. Morris claimed Schilling... more »
June 25, 2013 4:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is placing a full-page advertisement in three of the nation's largest newspapers as the company mounts an aggressive campaign to challenge what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses following its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The ad scheduled to... more »
June 24, 2013 10:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to decide Wednesday on a $30,000 settlement for a woman suing the city over an incident involving a police officer.
Melinda Morris has said an officer pulled her by her hair and forced her to fall into a ditch in September 2011. Morris... more »
June 21, 2013 2:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf is pledging to thoroughly investigate allegations of misconduct by one of his staff attorneys. Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau said in a statement Friday that both BP and claimants "rightfully expect fairness... more »
June 21, 2013 10:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is calling for an independent probe of allegations of misconduct against a lawyer working for the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement of Gulf oil spill claims. The lawyer is accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had... more »
June 12, 2013 4:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law will have their names removed from the state's sex offender registry following the settlement of a class-action lawsuit. U.S District Judge Martin Feldman on Tuesday... more »
June 11, 2013 8:12 PM
MIAMI- The Walgreens pharmacy chain settled with the Drug Enforcement Administration over violations of rules governing the distribution of powerful prescription painkillers.
The DEA says Walgreens committed various record-keeping and dispensing violations that allowed drugs such as oxycodone to be improperly sold to abusers and for illegal sales on... more »
June 10, 2013 1:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has reached a settlement with a former teammate he sued over a bogus investment deal. A court filing Monday says Shockey and former Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs both resolved their claims against former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser.... more »
May 29, 2013 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to refinance Louisiana's tobacco settlement bonds to generate millions in upfront cash that could be used in next year's budget. Unanimous backing Wednesday from the joint budget committee came despite criticism from Treasurer John Kennedy. Kennedy says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration pushed for a... more »
April 22, 2013 10:14 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 says it is trying to negotiate a settlement over its role in the disaster.
Halliburton Chief Financial Officer Mark McCollum said Monday that talks are at an "advanced stage." The... more »
April 8, 2013 10:41 AM
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Former Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti is getting $1.2 million in salary, plus an iPad, car allowance and more than two years of health insurance coverage under a settlement agreement. The Associated Press obtained details of the settlement Monday through an open records request with Rutgers.... more »
April 4, 2013 9:47 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP has appealed a federal judge's interpretation of settlement terms governing payouts to businesses that claim the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. BP has asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review last month's ruling by District... more »
March 8, 2013 11:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is warning investors that the price tag will be higher than initially estimated for its multibillion-dollar settlement with businesses and residents who claim the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. The oil giant estimated last year it would spend roughly $7.8... more »
February 19, 2013 10:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge today approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to pay $1 billion in civil penalties for its role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling Tuesday that he found... more »
January 29, 2013 12:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company's role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP agreed in November to... more »
January 10, 2013 7:33 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company's class-action settlement with private plaintiffs' attorneys.
Court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau says payments hit the $1 billion mark before the... more »
January 8, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state has acquired more than 11,000 acres of wetlands in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes as part of a conservation project funded by a settlement over the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana said Monday that the $6.7 million purchase of the... more »
January 4, 2013 7:14 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A $1.4 billion settlement between the Justice Department and Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. will pump hundreds of millions of dollars into projects designed to help the Gulf Coast recover from the nation's largest offshore oil spill.
U.S. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said... more »
January 3, 2013 3:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana lawmakers trumpeted the fact that the state will see hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal government's $1.4 billion settlement with Transocean today over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The final terms of the settlement require Transocean, which owned the drilling rig... more »
December 22, 2012 9:50 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given final approval to BP's settlement with businesses and individuals who lost money because of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to cover economic and medical claims from more than 100,000 businesses and individuals.... more »
December 3, 2012 4:46 PM
JERUSALEM - Israel is vowing to push ahead with the construction of thousands of new homes in West Bank settlements, despite a wave of condemnations from the U.S. and Europe. Last week's U.N. decision to recognize a Palestinian state may be fueling a tougher stand around the world against Israeli... more »
November 26, 2012 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP's agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from its deadly 2010 rig explosion and response to the massive Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with... more »
November 16, 2012 11:52 AM
FRESNO, Calif. - The humane society says a landmark $500 million settlement has been reached in a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008. The federal civil court settlement announced by the Humane Society of the United States on Friday is the... more »
November 15, 2012 7:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak in New Orleans about the government's $4.5 billion settlement with BP over the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Department of Justice said Holder and top U.S. officials will hold a news conference at 1:00 p.m.... more »
November 14, 2012 2:22 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to extend a deadline for businesses and individuals to revoke their requests to opt out of a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the Gulf oil spill. Potential claimants had until Nov.... more »
November 13, 2012 2:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for thousands of Gulf Coast property owners have urged a federal judge to give his final approval to a proposed class-action settlement that calls for a Chinese drywall manufacturer to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to repair homes damaged by their product. U.S. District Judge... more »
November 8, 2012 7:47 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a fairness hearing for a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
During Thursday's hearing, the London-based oil giant and a team of private... more »
November 1, 2012 10:03 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The architects of a proposed class-action settlement of claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are confident it won't be derailed by thousands of businesses and individuals opting out of the deal.
Thursday is the deadline for claimants to postmark written... more »
October 10, 2012 3:38 PM
BOSTON - Netflix will offer closed captions on all TV and movie content by 2014 as part of a settlement with a deaf Massachusetts viewer who sued the company. The on-demand Internet streaming service agreed to a settlement in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., on Tuesday. Closed captions are... more »
September 27, 2012 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge gave his final approval Thursday to a $42.6 million class-action settlement between companies that made and installed government-issued trailers after hurricanes in 2005 and Gulf Coast storm victims who claim they were exposed to hazardous fumes while living in the shelters. U.S. District Judge... more »
September 24, 2012 10:42 AM
WASHINGTON - Discover Bank is paying $214 million to settle charges that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. Federal regulators said Monday that Discover call-center workers enrolled customers in the programs without their consent, misled them about the benefits and... more »
September 10, 2012 1:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Transocean Ltd. and the Justice Department have discussed a $1.5 billion settlement that would resolve federal claims over the company's role in the 2010 rig explosion that led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. But Switzerland-based Transocean Ltd. said in a regulatory filing Monday that several... more »
September 6, 2012 7:32 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says she doubts there are any prospects for a settlement in the case of four NFL players challenging their bounty suspensions.
U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who had urged all sides to settle, now asks for more filings pertaining to the players' request... more »
July 13, 2012 4:54 PM
NEW YORK - Visa, MasterCard and major banks have agreed to pay $7.3 billion to millions of merchants to end a dispute over card fees.
The dispute involved payments called interchange fees that merchants paid in credit card transactions. The law firm representing the merchants said in a statement... more »
July 12, 2012 12:44 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It's a common tactic for pornography producers trying to protect their product from online piracy. They sue unknown "John Does" who illegally download movies, then go to Internet providers to learn their true identities and collect. Hundreds of porn companies have filed thousands of lawsuits across the... more »
June 15, 2012 5:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has imposed a 25 percent cap on contingency fees for attorneys whose clients resolve their claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through a multibillion-dollar settlement agreement. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling Friday says lawyers who believe... more »
May 30, 2012 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - An expanded class-action settlement agreement calls for around two dozen companies that manufactured trailers distributed by the government after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to pay a total of $37.5 million to resolve claims that Gulf Coast residents were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in them. The... more »
April 27, 2012 5:53 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Owners of service stations that sell BP-brand fuel argue they have been unfairly excluded from the proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a court filing Friday, lawyers for two Georgia-based companies that sell fuel... more »
April 24, 2012 10:02 PM
Cement contractor Halliburton is objecting to a proposed $7.8 billion settlement between BP and a plaintiffs group representing more than 100,000 victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton said in a filing in federal court in New Orleans late Tuesday the settlement improperly seeks to... more »
April 23, 2012 12:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors is asking a federal judge to hold off on preliminarily approval of portions of BP's proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal calls for BP to... more »
April 17, 2012 4:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly two dozen companies that manufactured government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay more than $14 million in a class-action settlement of claims the temporary shelters exposed occupants to hazardous fumes. Plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier said Tuesday that the proposed settlement could... more »
March 6, 2012 2:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The deal is all but done. Now it's time to sell it. Days after they announced a multi-billion dollar settlement, BP PLC and a committee of plaintiffs' attorneys are working out details of an agreement to resolve more than 100,000 claims spawned by the 2010 oil... more »
March 3, 2012 10:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP's settlement of lawsuits filed by more than 100,000 victims of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history goes a long way toward resolving pending claims. But the question remains, will Americans who live along the Gulf of Mexico go for it?
BP expects to... more »
February 27, 2012 5:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - It was supposed to be the week when BP PLC and other companies went on trial for the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Instead, oil giant BP is getting another week to try to hash out a settlement with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits arising from... more »
February 1, 2012 7:34 PM
The University of Iowa agreed to a financial settlement with a former student pressured to let a professor fondle her in exchange for the higher grade which avoids a potentially embarrassing trial. Its handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former political science professor Arthur Miller was under fire. He committed... more »
December 29, 2011 11:13 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The actress who played Elly May Clampett on the "The Beverly Hillbillies," toymaker Mattel Inc. and CBS Consumer Products Inc. have settled a lawsuit in which Donna Douglas claimed the companies didn't get her approval to use her name and likeness for a Barbie doll. Douglas played... more »
December 16, 2011 6:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP will receive $250 million from the maker of the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing out of BP's fractured well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press. Under the agreement announced Friday, BP and Cameron International Corp. will drop all... more »
November 30, 2011 4:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who've reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package due to lingering uncertainties over seafood.
On Wednesday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of... more »
November 16, 2011 4:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A settlement has been reached between a major manufacturer of Chinese-made drywall and homebuilders who used the tainted product in about 1,500 Gulf Coast homes.
There were no objections to the settlement in court Wednesday in New Orleans.
Plaintiffs' lawyer Bruce Steckler says he expects... more »
October 25, 2011 4:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750 million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience inadvertently allowed genetically modified rice seed onto the market in the United States.
The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it... more »
October 8, 2011 12:40 PM
LIVINGSTON, La.- A long-running suit against the operators of a hazardous waste site in Livingston has been settled for $29.5 million.
The class-action suit covers people who lived within six miles of the center of the CECOS waste site from 1977 to 1990. CECOS attorney Brad Myers said those... more »
September 28, 2011 7:36 PM
The city of Orange Beach, Alabama reached a settlement with BP over money it lost from last year's oil spill. BP agreed to pay $1.27 million for lodging and retail revenue the town didn't collect because tourists stayed away. City leaders still believe BP should have paid as much as... more »
September 1, 2011 2:53 PM
JACKSON, Miss. - A settlement conference is being scheduled in a lawsuit related to a Nissan dealership that was owned by former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister.
McAllister has invested heavily in his native Mississippi, but his Nissan dealership in Jackson closed after filing for bankruptcy in... more »
July 14, 2011 2:28 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A proposed $55 million settlement of claims against a Miami-based supplier of tainted Chinese drywall has been granted preliminary approval by a federal judge in New Orleans, but it is far from a done deal.
U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's approval on Thursday sets the stage... more »
June 14, 2011 4:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Miami-based supplier of tainted Chinese drywall agreed in a court filing Tuesday to a $55 million settlement of claims that the corrosive product damaged homes, all or nearly all of them in Florida.
The proposed settlement, which requires approval from U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon... more »
April 26, 2011 12:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS- A Chinese drywall supplier's insurers have agreed to pay up to $8 million to settle court claims against the company over damage to homes from the corrosive product.
The settlement would cover just a share of thousands of claims from homeowners claiming the drywall caused problems ranging... more »
April 9, 2011 11:17 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The parents of a rig worker killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion nearly a year ago settled their legal claims against companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal court filing in New Orleans says the parents of M-I Swaco mud engineer Blair Manuel settled with... more »
January 31, 2011 2:52 PM
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Thousands of people and businesses are awaiting final settlement payments from BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill compensation fund, but records show that only one has been paid - after BP intervened. The Gulf Coast Claims Facility was set up in August to independently administer BP's... more »
January 19, 2011 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is calling on state lawmakers to support a move protecting the TOPS scholarship program.
The program covers tuition for many students at public colleges and universities. Governor Jindal wants to shift a portion of the money from the state's tobacco settlement to cover... more »
December 7, 2010 11:41 AM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A smokeless tobacco company agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer. It's the first wrongful death settlement from chewing tobacco. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. makes Copenhagen and Skoal brands and was headquartered in Connecticut when Bobby Hill... more »
October 21, 2010 12:42 PM
The owner of a helicopter that crashed in southeast Louisiana last year, killing eight people, has reached settlement agreements with some of the victims' relatives.
Plaintiffs' attorneys and a lawyer for PHI Inc. said Thursday that confidential terms of the settlements will be filed under seal.
The attorneys... more »
October 14, 2010 12:13 PM
A Chinese drywall manufacturer, suppliers, builders and insurers have agreed to repair homes in four states under an agreement to fix homes damaged by corrosion-causing drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon expressed optimism that Thursday's deal could resolve most of the property damage claims against Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Fallon... more »
October 7, 2010 2:18 PM
More than 100 lawyers are battling for the biggest chunks of what is likely to be a multibillion-dollar settlement for Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims, jockeying for spots on the elite team that will control the plaintiffs' cases. A judge will pick 12 to 15 lawyers to take the... more »
September 10, 2010 5:21 AM
A settlement with the Justice Department calls for McNeese State University to improve access to its Lake Charles campus for disabled students, employees and visitors. The settlement resolves an investigation the Justice Department launched in 2008 to review the school's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Justice Department... more »
September 1, 2010 9:12 AM
Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug Botox.
The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of "misbranding," in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses. Those uses... more »
August 24, 2010 8:55 AM
Citizens Property Insurance has reached a $23 million settlement with thousands of homeowners who say they were not properly compensated after hurricanes Katrina and Rita for work needed to coordinate storm repairs. The dispute centered around the use of a general contractor. Citizens admits no wrongdoing in the proposed settlement,... more »
August 23, 2010 7:39 PM
A federal judge cleared the way for a settlement between Countrywide Financial Corp. and millions of customers left at high risk to have their identities stolen because of a security breach. Countrywide is now owned by Bnak of America. It will provide free credit monitoring for about 17-million people whose... more »
July 20, 2010 8:32 PM
A school district in Mississippi that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend settled a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. The district will pay 18 year old Constance McMillen $35,000 and agreed to follow a non-discriminatory policy, though it argued that policy was... more »