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    LANDRY: Did Louisiana’s Economy Actually Improve After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill?

LANDRY: Did Louisiana’s Economy Actually Improve After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill?

A former economic advisor to President Obama recently told the Washington Post that despite gloomy economic forecasts, wages and employment in Louisiana actually went up after the 2010 oil spill.

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    LABI Releases New Report on Louisiana’s Judicial Climate

LABI Releases New Report on Louisiana’s Judicial Climate

The Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI) released a new report on the challenges facing Louisiana’s civil justice system yesterday, echoing many of the concerns expressed by Louisiana Lawsuit

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    SCOTUS Asked to Weigh in on Oil Spill Debacle

SCOTUS Asked to Weigh in on Oil Spill Debacle

Obviously, people and companies should be held responsible for their actions when they harm others. The longstanding principle of “You broke it, you fix it,” is a common sense approach

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    VIDEO: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Struggle to Explain Why Environmental Clean Ups Are So Rare in LA, Despite Many Million Dollar Payouts

VIDEO: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Struggle to Explain Why Environmental Clean Ups Are So Rare in LA, Despite Many Million Dollar Payouts

In a new WWL series, “Tainted Legacy,” plaintiffs’ lawyers fail to explain why decades of litigation have resulted in many million-dollar payouts but few environmental clean ups in Louisiana. The

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    Legal feeding frenzy continues four years after the spill

Legal feeding frenzy continues four years after the spill

A little noticed Associated Press report published last week highlights the ongoing fraud and abuse that’s still corrupting the oil spill claims process.  It has been more than four years

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    KILL THE BILL: SB 299 Institutionalizes Abusive Lawsuit Lending Practices

KILL THE BILL: SB 299 Institutionalizes Abusive Lawsuit Lending Practices

With just two weeks to go, it is almost closing time at the Louisiana State Capitol.  But consumers and state legislators should be very concerned about a proposed law that’s

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LANDRY: Let The Sunshine In!

  LANDRY: Let The Sunshine In!

Transparency bill will help curb cronyism in the AG’s office Former US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once famously wrote,

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The Hidden Cost of the Tort Tax

  The Hidden Cost of the Tort Tax

In case you didn’t know, Tax Day is upon us, and Uncle Sam wants his money.  As accountants look longingly

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LANDRY: A Guide To This Session’s Top Legal Reform Bills

  LANDRY: A Guide To This Session’s Top Legal Reform Bills

The Louisiana Legislature kicked off the 2014 regular session today, beginning a series of discussions about the most important issues

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LANDRY: A “Perception Problem,” Or Perhaps More, In Louisiana’s Judiciary

  LANDRY: A “Perception Problem,” Or Perhaps More, In Louisiana’s Judiciary

Political columnist John Maginnis once described the old system of lawmakers holding fundraising during the Legislative Session as “tantamount to

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LANDRY: Caldwell’s Contingency Fees Are At Issue, Again

  LANDRY: Caldwell’s Contingency Fees Are At Issue, Again

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is making headlines again.  This time he’s asking a Baton Rouge judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging

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Looking back, moving forward

  Looking back, moving forward

Pop Quiz:  What was your new year’s resolution and have you already abandoned it? According to those who study these

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LANDRY: ‘Buddy System’ Earns Louisiana #2 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Ranking

  LANDRY: ‘Buddy System’ Earns Louisiana #2 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Ranking

An unfortunate combination of contingency-fee lawyers, plaintiff-friendly judges, and a seemingly ethically-challenged state attorney general has earned Louisiana the dubious

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AG’s Record Questionable – At Best – on Contingency Fees

  AG’s Record Questionable – At Best – on Contingency Fees

I recently read with great interest Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s commentary touting his commitment to the “longstanding Louisiana Supreme Court’s

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New Report Highlights ‘Activist’ Tendencies of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal

  New Report Highlights ‘Activist’ Tendencies of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal

The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal has issued an alarming series of ‘activist’ decisions, according to a new report

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It’s Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week – Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

  It’s Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week – Are You Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

This week marks Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, when groups across the country stop to reflect on the negative effects of

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Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals: An Activist Court?

  Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals: An Activist Court?

The notion of “separation of powers” is a fundamental principle of our democracy, both at the state and national levels.

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Support Small Businesses, Stop Lawsuit Abuse

  Support Small Businesses, Stop Lawsuit Abuse

Small business owners and entrepreneurs face many challenges.  From changing health care laws to new taxes and regulations, it is

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LANDRY: Levee Board Lawsuit The Latest Chapter In Trial Lawyer Greed

  LANDRY: Levee Board Lawsuit The Latest Chapter In Trial Lawyer Greed

The latest chapter on trial lawyer greed exploded onto headlines in newspapers across the country this summer, when a New

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