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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 is nothing new.  But the $20 million settlement recently announced

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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 the actions of Louisiana State District Court Judge Trudy White

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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 energy producers is turning to the courts in a blatant

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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 ongoing battle to ensure that disabled citizens have equal access

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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 of meritless lawsuits that waste tax dollars, to taking one-third

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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 about whether he merits serving in this role.  The new

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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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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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