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 »
May 3, 2010 2:06 PM
It's being called one of the largest settlements of its type in the United States
Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle claims of improperly handling and dumping hazardous waste.
Officials say Wal-Mart employees were caught illegally storing and dumping hazardous waste at 236 stores across... more »
April 22, 2010 8:01 AM
An appeals court has tossed out the $35 million settlement of two class-action lawsuits against Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. The court said the deal was not fair to some policyholders. The appellate court ruling could prove costly to Citizens, which faces three class-action lawsuits because of delays in adjusting... more »
April 7, 2010 10:31 AM
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that Louisiana has settled its lawsuit against pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly concerning its off-label marketing of the drug Zyprexa. Louisiana will receive $20,000,000.00.
The suit, filed under the state's Louisiana Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, alleged that Eli Lilly engaged in unfair... more »
April 3, 2010 8:01 PM
Two companies have agreed to pay at least $4.8M of the $7.5M superfund cleanup of radioactive soil and debris near St. Gabriel.
Exxon-Mobil Corporation in Baton Rouge and Holcim Incorportated were involved in sending the soil to Coastal Radiation Services, between 1973 and 1978.
The public has until... more »
March 25, 2010 10:59 AM
The East Baton Rouge Metro Council has voted to pay $300,000 to settle a federal civil rights suit filed by a Baton Rouge man seriously injured by police in a 2006 arrest.
Abraham Barousalian was arrested following a routing traffic stop, after an officer saw an open bottle of... more »
March 24, 2010 2:17 PM
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has joined the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) in calling on Congress to swiftly approve President Obama's request for $1.15 billion.
The money is to fund a 1999 court settlement compensating African-American farmers for racial discrimination claims against the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA).... more »
January 27, 2010 10:46 AM
A federal arbitration panel has awarded Louisiana $474.7 million in compensation for hurricane-related damage to Charity Hospital. The panel's decision ends a long-standing dispute with the federal government and gives the state a substantial boost in its efforts to build a new teaching hospital in New Orleans. Money from the... more »
October 30, 2009 8:37 PM
There's a settlement worked out to pay back a $29,000 tip the University of Notre Dame paid a caterer. Half the money will be returned in $50 monthly payments over the next 28 years. The university sued Sara Gasper of Granger, Indiana to return the money because her tip should... more »
October 26, 2009 6:03 AM
The parents of Bradley Millet who say he was abused at a Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge facility last year have reached a $95,000 settlement. Lawyers say Millet was put in a small cubicle in a building called "the hole", dehydrated, and left in his own vomit and waste for... more »
October 15, 2009 10:35 AM
A 45-year-old man who claims he was sexually abused as a boy by former Baton Rouge Bishop Joseph Sullivan settled his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic dioceses of Baton Rouge and Corpus Christi for $225,000, the man's attorney said. The case had been set for trial this week. The Diocese... more »
October 6, 2009 11:33 AM
Baton Rouge-based Community Coffee Co. agreed to pay $190,000 and hire more minority workers, as part of a settlement over hiring discrimination. The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) says Community Coffee should have hired more minorities to work as baristas at some of its... more »
October 2, 2009 8:43 PM
Court documents show flim director Roman Polanski agreed to pay a woman he's accused of sexually assaulting $500,000 to settle a lawsuit 15 years after he fled the U.S.
The documents don't indicated if he ever paid. In 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse with a 13-year-old girl... more »
October 1, 2009 7:40 AM
Honeywell International Inc. will pay the federal government $550,000 to settle civil claims of Clean Air Act violations at its Baton Rouge plant in 2003. The agreement ended claims against the firm by the Environmental Protection Agency. Honeywell must pay the $550,000 by Oct. 29, according to the terms of... more »
September 18, 2009 6:05 AM
A state district judged approved a $670,000 settlement between Louisiana and the worlds largest drug manufacturer, Pfizer Inc. Pfizer allegedly engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it marketed Geodon for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. more »