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  • Gonzales council attorney fees raising eyebrows Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:10 PM

    GONZALES - Weeks after Judge Alvin Turner filed a suit against the council, the bills are already rolling in for work performed by attorneys in the case. Turner sued the council after they refused to rezone his property, but only three councilmen, Gary Lacombe, Terance Irvin, and Timothy Vessel,... more »
  • Baton Rouge officials object to landfill approval

    April 14, 2014 7:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge official wants to consider suing to block an industrial waste landfill in north Baton Rouge. City-parish Councilman Trae Welch says that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality should appear before the council to explain its approval of the landfill when elected officials opposed it.... more »
  • Rain suit up for auction

    December 2, 2013 7:35 PM

    DALLAS- The suit actor Gene Kelly wore as he danced in a downpour in "Singing in the Rain" in 1952 is up for auction at $20,000. Memorabilia collector Gerry Sola had the suit for more than 40 years after he bought it for $10 at a sale of MGM... more »
  • E. Feliciana sheriff sued over arrest in rape case

    October 24, 2013 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 52-year-old Jackson man has filed a federal lawsuit against East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch claiming he was wrongly arrested last year for an alleged rape, without any probable cause. George Arthur Sheppard claims in the lawsuit that he was held in jail for six months... more »
  • Gov. Jindal demands feds drop suit against state

    September 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding that the Justice Department drop its challenge to his state's school voucher system. Jindal says President Barack Obama wants "to trap these children in failing schools." Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush say Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder wouldn't send their... more »
  • Civil suit filed in altercation with debris workers

    August 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    GRAND ISLE - A Hurricane Isaac debris worker who said she was spit on last year during a profanity-laced tirade by a Grand Isle businessman filed a civil suit against him today. Brandi Worley videotaped the confrontation with Josh Jambon in Sept. 2012. The video showed Jambon slapping workers... more »
  • Singh suing PGA over proposed suspension

    May 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Vijay Singh is suing the PGA Tour over the way it handled the investigation of his use of deer antler spray. Singh filed the lawsuit in New York on Wednesday, one week after the tour said it was dropping its case against him. It... more »
  • ACLU's suit over Super Bowl "clean zone" settled

    January 28, 2013 2:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week. The... more »
  • Sorrento police claim harassment by chief

    November 12, 2012 12:05 PM

    SORRENTO - Three Sorrento police officers have threatened to file suit against the town and its Police Department, alleging harassment and retaliation by Police Chief Earl Theriot. An attorney for the three officers - Catherine Gil, Tige Scott and Kermit Givens - tells The Advocate he faxed a letter to... more »
  • Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

    November 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys are urging a federal judge to give final approval to a proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is holding a "fairness... more »
  • Landfill owner: 2nd prosecutor made online posts

    November 2, 2012 12:43 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A south Louisiana landfill owner charges in a lawsuit that a second federal prosecutor defamed him in anonymous online posts. Fred Heebe of New Orleans makes the allegation against Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Maselli Mann in a lawsuit filed Friday in state court. Sal Perricone (PEHR' ih... more »
  • La. group joins suit against EPA over refineries

    September 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Bucket Brigade and other environmental groups around the nation are suing the Environmental Protection Agency to force the agency to cut air emissions of the most toxic, cancer-causing chemicals released by 150 oil refineries in 32 states. The suit contends EPA's rules are based... more »
  • Another law suit against education reform laws

    June 21, 2012 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another law suit is about to be filed against Governor Jindal's education reform laws. Leaders of the Louisiana Association of Educators will officially file suit, tomorrow, Friday 6/22, challenging the constitutionality. The education reform bills were approved during 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.... more »
  • Wrongful death suit filed in strip club slaying

    June 5, 2012 8:54 AM

    GONZALES - A second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a now-defunct strip club in Prairieville and its alleged operators over the fatal beating of a patron last year. The Suthern Kumfort's Lounge lawsuit, brought by Ashley Davenport-Tanner, widow of slain club patron 28-year-old Willis Harrison Tanner IV of... more »
  • Court takes another look at N.O. gun rights suit

    May 22, 2012 4:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In a gun-rights case backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal appeals court is ordering New Orleans law-enforcement authorities to explain why they're holding onto a handgun seized from a painting contractor nearly four years ago during an arrest on drug and weapons charges that... more »
  • Judge refuses to toss suit over man's arrest

    March 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed on behalf of a man who claims he was arrested for criticizing a police chief in an email to a newspaper. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Erny Foote ruled last week... more »
  • La. college sues over federal birth-control rule

    February 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    ALEXANDRIA- A Baptist college in Louisiana is suing the federal government to block enforcement of a requirement that religious schools and hospitals provide free birth control in insurance for employees. The federal lawsuit filed in Alexandria on behalf of Louisiana College in Pineville claims the school's religious freedoms are violated... more »
  • Council urged to settle school worker suit

    February 16, 2012 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council's Finance and Executive Committee has recommended that the full council settle with a former elementary school employee who sued the city-parish seven years ago over toxic-mold issues at the school. Richard Brown, a former custodian at LaBelle Aire Elementary School, said... more »
  • Another suit filed in truck stop tiger case

    January 4, 2012 6:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owner of a Grosse Tete truck stop has filed suit against the state of Louisiana and Iberville Parish in a last-ditch effort to keep a 550-pound tiger on display at the facility. The Advocate reports the lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes two months after a... more »
  • Settlement in Elly Mae Clampett Barbie doll suit

    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 »
  • Woman files civil rights lawsuit against BRPD

    September 19, 2011 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A woman has filed suit against the Baton Rouge Police Dept. and officer Robert Schilling, claiming he violated her civil rights when he pulled her by her hair during an arrest. Melinda Morris claims Schilling pushed her, grabbed her hair and then wrongfully arrested her at the... more »
  • HUD settles suit over Katrina housing program

    July 6, 2011 2:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says it will hand out $62 million to 1,400 Louisiana homeowners to settle a lawsuit alleging a Hurricane Katrina rebuilding program was unfair to blacks. On Wednesday, HUD said it would settle the suit filed by five homeowners and... more »
  • Judge to hear legal arguments of Obama health plan

    September 13, 2010 11:20 AM

    The Obama administration is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by 20 states that claims the president's health care plan is unconstitutional. Federal attorneys will tell a judge Tuesday that the lawsuit shouldn't go to trial because the states don't have standing to sue. They will argue in... more »
  • Trial starts for suit over police chokehold

    August 30, 2010 2:15 PM

    A jury is hearing testimony in a civil case accusing a New Orleans police officer of choking a man to death following a traffic stop. Anthony Villavaso has been charged separately in the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Gerald Arthur tried to... more »
  • Judge tosses brutality suit against officers

    August 29, 2010 4:33 PM

    A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing three Opelousas police officers of brutality. Judge James Doherty ruled there was insufficient evidence to bring the case to trial. Adrien Henry filed suit in 2008 against Sgt. Bill Ortego, Sgt. Brody Ortego and Freddie Henderson, a reserve officer. Henry claimed excessive... more »
  • Ole Miss coach settles defamation suit

    August 17, 2010 2:25 PM

    University of Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy has settled a defamation lawsuit with a cab driver and a valet. Kennedy had filed a civil suit after he was arrested in Cincinnati in 2008 over an altercation with the cabbie. A valet witnessed the incident. He denied punching the... more »
  • Suit says schools fail disabled students

    July 28, 2010 1:59 PM

    Three groups are claiming Louisiana's Department of Education fails to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access and are protected from discrimination. The suit says more than 30 of the 80 schools that have opened since Hurricane Katrina have violated the rights of disabled students. The Southern... more »
  • Suit filed over alleged handcuffing of student

    July 8, 2010 2:24 PM

    A federal lawsuit has been filed over the alleged handcuffing and shackling of a student at a New Orleans elementary school. The suit alleges a 6-year-old boy was arrested at Sarah T. Reed Elementary School by security officers and allegedly cuffed to a chair several times after failing to... more »
  • Federal civil rights suit settled in Baton Rouge

    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 »
  • Former NAACP leader sues Southern

    August 11, 2009 5:12 PM

    Former Baton Rouge NAACP leader George Eames is suing Southern University. Eames claims events at F.G. Clark Activity Center and Mumford Stadium are not handicap accessible. In the suit, Eames claims ramps are too steep, he can't access handicapped seating areas and bathrooms do not meet federal requirements. ... more »

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