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    Five Years After Deepwater, Victims Still Struggle To Receive Claims

Five Years After Deepwater, Victims Still Struggle To Receive Claims

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a settlement fund was established with the goal of fairly compensating victims. In the intervening years, however,

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    Legal reform needs are in the background for now, as state budget woes dominate the start of the legislative session

Legal reform needs are in the background for now, as state budget woes dominate the start of the legislative session

With a $1.6 billion state budget shortfall to address, there is no question that lawmakers are primarily focused on fiscal issues as the 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session starts out. The

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    “Buddy System” Strikes Again: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell launches new litigation scheme with support from campaign backers

“Buddy System” Strikes Again: Attorney General Buddy Caldwell launches new litigation scheme with support from campaign backers

BATON ROUGE – Despite fierce criticism from lawmakers and legal reform groups in recent years, Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell is continuing his questionable practice of hiring outside attorneys to

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    Oil spill settlement makes lawyers, administrators rich while disaster victims await payments [Infographic]

Oil spill settlement makes lawyers, administrators rich while disaster victims await payments [Infographic]

BATON ROUGE, LA- Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a legal watchdog group is calling into question who is benefiting most from the

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    LLAW statement on the SLFPA-E lawsuit dismissal

LLAW statement on the SLFPA-E lawsuit dismissal

Baton Rouge, LA— Melissa, Landry, executive director of Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, issued the following statement about U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown’s decision to dismiss the Southeast Louisiana Flood

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    Whistleblower describes McGladrey audit of BP claims process as “a disaster waiting to happen”

Whistleblower describes McGladrey audit of BP claims process as “a disaster waiting to happen”

Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau has a little problem with the accounting audit that he says proves his handling of the BP settlement has been noting short of perfect. 

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Justice for sale?

  Justice for sale?

Are campaign donations corrupting Louisiana’s courts and undermining our system of electing judges?  It is no secret that lawyers, as

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Louisiana ranks among America’s worst “judicial hellholes” for fifth year

  Louisiana ranks among America’s worst “judicial hellholes” for fifth year

BATON ROUGE, LA (Dec. 16, 2014)— Louisiana has earned the seventh-highest ranking in the 2014–2015 American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)

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Levee Breach Lawsuit Illustrates Class Action Racket

  Levee Breach Lawsuit Illustrates Class Action Racket

Class actions are in a class by themselves when it comes to generating multimillion dollar fees for lawyers.  Unfortunately, this

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Judges gone wild

  Judges gone wild

A whole series of judicial miscues, ranging from laughable to outrageous, has emerged in Louisiana over the past year.  Consider

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LANDRY: $642,000 Down The Drain

  LANDRY: $642,000 Down The Drain

Once again, the scheming legal team hired by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East to pursue its unprecedented lawsuit against

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ADA Litigation: Improving access or just making money?

  ADA Litigation: Improving access or just making money?

Serial filer of ADA lawsuits targeting Louisiana businesses The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important tool in the

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Lawyers Behaving Badly

  Lawyers Behaving Badly

Some lawyers in Louisiana seem to get away with dodgy behavior.  From their questionable advertising tactics, to the relentless filing

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New evidence released in oil spill settlement debacle leaves another black eye on Louisiana’s legal reputation

  New evidence released in oil spill settlement debacle leaves another black eye on Louisiana’s legal reputation

New data and information surfacing about the claims administrator for the Gulf oil spill settlement, Patrick Juneau, raise serious questions

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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