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Will the BP settlement go where it should?

The rulings have officially been passed down regarding just how much BP will pay as a result of the Macondo spill of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. BP will pay out around $18.7 billion to the federal government, the State of Louisiana as well as four other Gulf states. Included in the Louisiana payout will be several southern parishes that were directly affected by the accident.

La. U.S. Senate race: Cassidy criticizes Landrieu for aiding keg stand

BATON ROUGE – A widely circulated photo of Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu assisting a Louisiana State University fan with a keg stand has prompted her chief rival to openly criticize her.

Claim administrator shoots back at BP’s request for his removal

NEW ORLEANS – Six weeks after BP PLC filed a motion to remove Patrick Juneau from his position as claims administrator responsible for managing billions of dollars in payouts to those claiming they lost income due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Juneau has responded with a motion on why he should remain.

La. Gov. Jindal announces compromise on new legacy lawsuit bill


BP spokesman tells environmental journalists they got it wrong

NEW ORLEANS – In a speech given to the Society for Environmental Journalists on Sept. 3, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell told the group that he was discouraged by speculative reporting that took place during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill regarding the impact the spill would have on the environment.

BP files motion to remove Patrick Juneau as claims administrator

NEW ORLEANS – Oil giant BP PLC has filed a motion to have Patrick Juneau removed as claims administrator in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, arguing that he is biased and has not been forthcoming about potential conflicts of interest.

St. Tammany Parish sues to prevent fracking; Cites concerns over aquifer

COVINGTON, La. – Louisiana is, by and large, a state that welcomes new oil and gas projects. This comes as no surprise – the industry provides jobs for residents and a substantial tax base for the state treasury. From 20-year-old tax exemptions to the recent passage of Senate Bill 469, which blocks lawsuits against 97 oil and gas companies, the industry is secure and welcome in the state. 

LOGA: Coastal suits show need for tort reform

By Don Briggs

La. AG hauls in $25.2M from five drug companies


DOJ objects to 6% attorney reserve in BP litigation

Barbier NEW ORLEANS � The Department of Justice burst an $840 million bubble for the Plaintiff Steering Committee in Deepwater Horizon litigation, wrecking their plan to reserve 6 percent of settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

**FOR PRINT***Judge grants 6 percent charge to lawyers for oil spill settlements

Barbier NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier exiled Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell from Deepwater Horizon litigation and granted plaintiff lawyers a 6 percent charge on $14 billion in future settlements at BP's Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

Judge orders Louisiana to produce oil spill-related documents to BP

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan has ordered the state of Louisiana to turn over discovery documents requested by BP, or face daily fines and the possible dismissal of the state's claims against the oil company.

Barbier says no to separating state, federal government claims from private BP suits

Barbier U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier rejected pleas from the federal government and 15 states to separate their suits over the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill from private civil suits.

PRINT ONLY-Barbier approves pleading BP claims into 'bundles'

In an unprecedented move designed to help expedite the lawsuits involving the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, U.S. Disrict Judge Carl Barbier has approved a plan proposed by both defense and plaintiff lawyers to group claims into "pleading bundles."

Louisiana AG files drywall suit

Caldwell NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Multiple Knauf entities and other international and domestic manufacturers, distributors, importers of Chinese drywall and several builders have been hit with a lawsuit by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell over allegations of defective and toxic drywall.

Louisiana AG sues contractor

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline)-The state of Louisiana is suing Anderson & Gutierrez Development, alleging that the company took hundreds of thousands of dollars to build or improve modular homes without doing so.

Louisiana ex-AG joins Big Easy class action lawyers

Charles Foti BATON ROUGE -- Former Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti has joined a law firm specialising in class action and personal-injury lawsuits.

Louisiana AG sues Houston company for environmental violations

Oil rig Rowan-Midland MARSHALL -- The state of Louisiana is claiming its natural resources and wildlife were diminished, fishing waters polluted, and its beaches, coastline, inland, and coastal waters spoiled and befouled through the unlawful discharges of pollutants by the oil rig Rowan-Midland.