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  • BP to reimburse Louisiana for legal fees, litigation cost

    October 13, 2015 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- BP will reimburse $58.25 million to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office for its expenses, fees and litigation costs tied to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The money was included in BP's record settlement of more than $20 billion that was formalized last week... more »
  • Hypnosis deaths leads to settlement

    October 7, 2015 9:01 PM

    NORTH PORT, FLORIDA- The school board that employed a principal who hypnotized three North Point High students who died settled with the teens' families. Each will receive $200,000 from the Sarasota County School District. Principal George Kenney admits he hypnotized 16-year-old Wesley McKinley a day before the teen killed... more »
  • US, states finalize settlement with BP over Gulf oil spill

    October 5, 2015 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and five states have finalized a settlement of more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The deal announced Monday resolves all civil claims against BP and ends five years of legal fighting over the... more »
  • BP settlement agreement to be filed Monday

    October 3, 2015 1:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Details will be known soon in an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Justice Department says the agreement involving the federal government, five Gulf states and BP Exploration... more »
  • Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case

    September 3, 2015 3:21 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers. The settlement will pay more than 64,000 technology workers about... more »
  • BP seeks restitution of some Gulf oil spill claims

    September 3, 2015 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant wants restitution of some of the money it paid in claims to businesses as part of a 2012 settlement.... more »
  • Environmental groups say settlement not final in Gulf oil leak lawsuit

    August 27, 2015 1:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Environmental groups say they're pleased at the progress of talks with a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's too early to talk about potential settlements. Taylor Energy Co. said Thursday it has reached... more »
  • Movement in the RadioShack bankruptcy

    August 26, 2015 9:11 PM

    WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA- RadioShack says it reached a tentative settlement in treatment over gift cards in the company's bankruptcy case. Holders of roughly a third of the $46 million in outstanding gift cards would receive priority status and be paid in full. Other gift card holders would be paid... more »
  • BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

    August 20, 2015 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Clusters of municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for economic damage after the company's 2010 oil spill. This week, BP finished making approximately $687 million in settlement payments to... more »
  • Pharmaceutical company to pay La. more than $1 million in settlement

    August 18, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office says a settlement has been reached with drugmaker Amgen Inc. to resolve claims the company violated Louisiana consumer protection laws in the marketing of its drugs Enbrel and Aranesp. The settlement is part of an agreement between Amgen and 49 states that... more »
  • Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

    July 27, 2015 2:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill. An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl... more »
  • Treasurer Kennedy on the BP settlement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2015 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Just a few weeks ago, state officials announced Louisiana would be getting $6.8 billion from the lawsuit with BP over the 2010 oil spill. This morning, Treasurer John Kennedy stopped by 2une In to break down what this money means for the state. Five billion dollars of... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Gretna agrees to $3.29 million settlement with BP

    July 9, 2015 9:24 AM

    GRETNA- The Gretna City Council has voted to accept a $3.29 million settlement from BP to mitigate claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The unanimous vote Wednesday came after the council discussed the issue in executive session. Local governments around the region have been taking action as... more »
  • Southern parishes moving forward with BP settlement

    July 7, 2015 8:44 AM

    ST. TAMMANY- Southern parishes are moving forward with the BP oil spill settlement. The St. Tammany council adopted a resolution authorizing the parish president to sign off on the deal worth more than $16 million. In 2010, tar balls from the oil spill washed into Lake Ponchartrain and... more »
  • 1 coastal Louisiana parish not settling with BP

    July 2, 2015 6:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The newly announced BP oil spill settlement covers the federal government, the five Gulf states and "the vast majority of local governmental entities" in those states. However, the government of one of Louisiana's hardest hit areas, coastal Plaquemines Parish, says it has not yet agreed to a... more »
  • Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill

    July 2, 2015 9:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Thursday's settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean... more »
  • Office Depot to pay $3.4 million over faulty chairs

    May 27, 2015 4:15 PM

    NEW YORK - Office Depot is paying $3.4 million to settle charges from regulators that it didn't report defects of two of its office chair models fast enough, even after receiving more than 200 complaints. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the seatbacks of some of the chairs fell... more »
  • $211M settlement reached with Transocean in 2010 oil spill

    May 20, 2015 5:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers representing businesses and individuals claiming damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have announced a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. BP leased the rig from Transocean. The April 2010 explosion of the rig killed 11... more »
  • Jindal's tobacco settlement sale proposal hits resistance

    May 15, 2015 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to sell Louisiana's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement to help generate a few years of short-term cash has stalled. Treasurer John Kennedy refused to put it on the State Bond Commission agenda, though commission approval is needed for a sale. Legislative... more »
  • Deedy Slaughter-era political haggle over settlement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 13, 2015 10:45 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Despite a court settlement only needing ceremonious approval at the city's council meeting Wednesday night, there was some Deedy Slaughter-era stress as leaders voted on the offer. The city's chief financial officer, Audrey McCain was offered a $112,500 settlement in connection with a wrongful termination lawsuit... more »
  • Appeals court opens door to some BP settlement appeals

    May 11, 2015 3:14 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal appeals court has opened the door for BP to appeal some claims related to a settlement reached after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The appeals court in New Orleans late Friday ordered a lower court judge to change a procedure that effectively blocked appeals.... more »
  • Six-figure settlement ends dispute between Slaughter, McCain check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 4, 2015 6:54 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A two-year legal dispute between former Port Allen mayor Deedy Slaughter and her chief financial officer ended with Audrey McCain agreeing to a six-figure settlement. Attorneys for the city and McCain came to terms over a $112,000 settlement to end her lawsuit against Slaughter, who McCain... more »
  • Jindal: Sell tobacco settlement for upfront cash

    March 17, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with a plan to sell the state's remaining share of a massive tobacco settlement, despite criticism the move would waste a valuable asset for a quick fix to budget problems. A board that oversees the settlement agreed to the idea... more »
  • Treasurer opposes Jindal tobacco settlement sale proposal

    March 11, 2015 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Treasurer John Kennedy is balking at Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to sell the remaining piece of Louisiana's tobacco settlement for upfront cash to pay for Louisiana's free college tuition program called TOPS. The treasurer said Jindal has used too many quick fixes to drum up money to... more »
  • Killer gets dog bite settlement

    March 5, 2015 7:47 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- A convict serving time for murder who had his nose partially bitten off by a dog in a prison program got $7,500 in a settlement with the State of Ohio. Vincent Doan's damage award was approved in the Ohio Court of Claims. Doan claimed the attack two... more »
  • BP urges judges to remove head of oil settlement fund

    February 3, 2015 2:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Attorneys for BP are urging a federal appeals court to remove the man responsible for handing out settlement money from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP lawyers told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that Patrick Juneau failed to disclose that he had... more »
  • Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

    January 28, 2015 11:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission says TracFone promised unlimited data in its advertising, but then drastically slowed or even cut off consumers' mobile... more »
  • US settles case over fake Facebook page

    January 20, 2015 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her name. The settlement with Sondra Arquiett was revealed in court papers Tuesday, months after a judge referred... more »
  • Penn St. gets wins restored, Paterno again winningest coach

    January 16, 2015 12:12 PM

    STATE COLLEGE, PA - Penn State is getting back 112 football team wins that were vacated two years ago in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. A new agreement with the NCAA also restores former coach Joe Paterno's status as the winningest coach in major college football history with 409... more »
  • High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

    December 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP... more »
  • Council discusses pay raise, parish president's absence check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2014 10:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are upset they aren't moving forward in the direction they would like. The council is concerned about the Master Plan and proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter that are up to voters on Dec. 6. Councilman Ricky Goff chastised... more »
  • Colorado vs. Utah in ski slogan

    November 14, 2014 7:46 PM

    SAL LAKE CITY, UTAH- What's in a name led to a legal fight that ended in a settlement over winter sports marketing. Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado sued, claiming a Utah advertising campaign violated its trademark involving the name Ski Town, U.S.A. Utah dropped the "USA" from its Ski... more »
  • Rouses, Associated Grocers reach settlement

    October 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thibodaux retail grocery chain Rouses Enterprises and Baton Rouge-based wholesale grocery supplier Associated Grocers have reached an undisclosed settlement in a legal dispute. Donny Rouse, the chain's managing partner, said in a statement Monday the Rouse family is "very satisfied with this resolution." The issue is whether... more »
  • If you bought a Red Bull since 2002, you could get $10

    October 9, 2014 11:20 AM

    Red Bull GmbH -- the makers of the popular energy drinks -- settled two class action lawsuits, agreeing to pay $13 million to United States customers. In the lawsuits, consumers argued that they were misled by the company's claims about the benefits of drinking Red Bull, with a focus... more »
  • Judge hears oil spill cleanup workers' claims

    September 24, 2014 4:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases will hear arguments about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013. The oil company says that's only fair because Judge Carl... more »
  • Ascension plant workers part of $4 million settlement

    September 17, 2014 10:19 PM

    GEISMAR - More than 200 workers for Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in Ascension Parish will get overtime back wages paid to them after a settlement between the two companies and the federal government. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the companies violated the Fair Labor... more »
  • Halliburton agrees to billion dollar oil spill settlement

    September 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    HOUSTON - Halliburton has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a large portion of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement is subject to court approval. Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf, killing 11 people and... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents get settlement for sinkhole damages check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 14, 2014 6:40 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - People living near a 32-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish are faced with new decisions regarding their future after a federal judge granted them a $48 million settlement. More than 250 people affected by the sinkhole, will be paid for their pain and loses. They will get... more »
  • State asks for inspection of cavern near sinkhole

    August 13, 2014 10:20 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- State and parish leaders have asked Texas Brine to investigate the conditions inside a cavern near the salt brine operation that failed two years ago and caused the infamous sinkhole in Assumption Parish. Equipment has recorded an increase in seismic activity that appears to be centered around... more »
  • Judge OKs $48.1M settlement regarding sinkhole

    August 13, 2014 1:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has granted final approval of a $48.1 million class-action settlement for Bayou Corne residents affected by a sinkhole that opened two years ago and has been swallowing land ever since. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said Wednesday there were no objections to the settlement,... more »
  • BP asks US Supreme Court to hear settlement appeal

    August 3, 2014 2:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out part of its settlement of claims for damage from its vast oil spill in 2010. BP argues in a request late Friday that the settlement goes against rulings in other federal districts and by the Supreme Court... more »
  • NFL agrees to remove cap on concussion damages

    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 »
  • Godzilla beer settlement

    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 »
  • 3K people owed settlement proceeds from Citizens Insurance

    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 »
  • Amedisys to pay $150M for false Medicare claims

    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 »
  • Cemetery body dumping

    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 »
  • Man arrested for shooting in French Settlement

    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 »
  • Accused killer's grandmother to get $40k settlement

    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 »
  • BP appeals ruling in dispute over spill settlement

    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 »
  • Lance Armstrong settles $3M insurance lawsuit

    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 »
  • Court to hear arguments on BP oil spill settlement

    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 »
  • Citizens settles remaining 2005 storm claims

    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 »
  • BP seeks cuts in settlement program's budget

    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 »
  • Goodell: Settlement 'significant amount of money'

    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 »
  • Court asked to uphold BP settlement approval

    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 »
  • BP urges court to toss judge's settlement approval

    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 »
  • Plaintiffs hope settlement can help ailing players

    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 »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    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 »
  • Internal probe: No fraud at Ala. claims center

    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 »
  • Lesbian teacher settles with Catholic Diocese

    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 »
  • La. Tech, UL System settle with blind student

    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 »
  • Judge refuses to suspend BP settlement payments

    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 »
  • Appeals court hearing BP challenge on spill claims

    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 »
  • Appeals court to hear dispute over BP settlement

    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 »
  • Tobacco bond refinancing done, generates $83M

    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 »
  • Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

    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 »
  • Settlement approved in hair-pulling incident

    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 »
  • Savings estimates drop for tobacco bond refinance

    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 »
  • LATER TODAY: City leaders to decide on settlement, haunted house

    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 »
  • BP mounts ad campaign in spill settlement dispute

    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 »
  • City leaders to decide on $30k settlement in hair-pulling case

    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 »
  • Administrator opens probe of spill claims lawyer

    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 »
  • BP calls for independent probe of claims lawyer

    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 »
  • Hundreds to be stricken from La. sex registry

    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 »
  • Walgreens settles over painkiller sales

    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 »
  • Ex-Saints TE Shockey settles tax credits claims

    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 »
  • Lawmakers agree to refinance La.'s tobacco bonds

    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 »
  • Haliburton seeking settlement over Gulf oil spill

    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 »
  • Former Rutgers AD Pernetti getting $1.2M, iPad

    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 »
  • BP appeals ruling in Gulf spill settlement

    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 »
  • BP: costs rising from spill settlement

    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 »
  • Judge approves Transocean's $1B spill settlement

    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 »
  • Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

    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 »
  • BP settlement payments exceed $1B mark

    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 »
  • La. buys wetlands with oil spill settlement funds

    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 »
  • Transocean's $1.4B oil spill deal will help Gulf

    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 »
  • La. to see millions from Transocean settlement

    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 »
  • Judge approves settlement in BP class action suit

    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 »
  • Israel forging ahead after settlement plan backlash

    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 »
  • Judge sets meeting to discuss BP plea deal

    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 »
  • Huge slaughterhouse settlement reached

    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 »
  • BP settles with US for $4.5 billion in Gulf spill

    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 »
  • Judge asked to extend deadline in BP settlement

    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 »
  • Judge urged to approve Chinese drywall settlements

    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 »

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