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    Often Misleading And Sometimes Dangerous, Lawyer Ads Should Be Regulated

Often Misleading And Sometimes Dangerous, Lawyer Ads Should Be Regulated

It is impossible to avoid them. Everywhere we look, we are bombarded by aggressive legal advertising. From car wrecks to class actions, solicitations from personal injury law firms dominate our

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    My 49-cent settlement check shows how worthless most class action lawsuits really are

My 49-cent settlement check shows how worthless most class action lawsuits really are

A curious piece of mail recently showed up in my mailbox.  It was an unexpected check for 49 cents from a class action settlement. Is this a joke? A scam?

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    Gov. Edwards’ ‘good ol’ boy’ approach to state litigation lands Louisiana on U.S. ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

Gov. Edwards’ ‘good ol’ boy’ approach to state litigation lands Louisiana on U.S. ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ controversial push to hire his top campaign supporters to represent the state in lawsuits potentially worth billions of dollars earned Louisiana a spot on the American

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    Plaintiff lawyers put up $1M to fund late attacks on LA Supreme Court candidate

Plaintiff lawyers put up $1M to fund late attacks on LA Supreme Court candidate

Plaintiff lawyers are funneling millions of dollars into two last-minute campaigns against 15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle, who is seeking to fill an open seat on the Louisiana

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    AG Jeff Landry Moves Quickly to End the “Buddy System”

AG Jeff Landry Moves Quickly to End the “Buddy System”

Less than two months after taking office, Attorney General Jeff Landry is wasting no time declaring that there is a new sheriff in town. Landry ran on a reform agenda,

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    Trial Lawyer Money Trail: 2015 Election Cycle

Trial Lawyer Money Trail: 2015 Election Cycle

Throughout this election cycle, personal injury trial lawyers have been relentless in their efforts to expand their already-powerful political influence in Louisiana. Emboldened by the current state of the judiciary

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Edwards’ Past Is Prologue: John Bel Puts Special Interests Ahead of Louisiana’s Interests

  Edwards’ Past Is Prologue: John Bel Puts Special Interests Ahead of Louisiana’s Interests

Recognizing that Louisiana is a ruby red conservative state, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards has frequently sought to attract

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The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Trial Lawyer-Backed Legislative Candidates

  The Dirty Dozen: Top 12 Trial Lawyer-Backed Legislative Candidates

Wealthy personal injury lawyers spend millions on fancy cars and private jets. They also spent over $300,000 on these legislative

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VIDEO: Dardenne, Vitter Address Lawsuit Reform at Gubernatorial Forum

  VIDEO: Dardenne, Vitter Address Lawsuit Reform at Gubernatorial Forum

Republican gubernatorial candidates Jay Dardenne and David Vitter discussed challenges facing Louisiana’s civil justice system at a forum hosted by

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LANDRY: Trial Lawyers Are Spending Unprecedented Resources To Fight Reforms This Election Season

  LANDRY: Trial Lawyers Are Spending Unprecedented Resources To Fight Reforms This Election Season

Some Louisiana journalists and activists are fond of repeating the old political saw that “the flag of Texaco flies over

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Millionaire trial lawyer pumps $1.1 million into anti-Vitter super PAC

  Millionaire trial lawyer pumps $1.1 million into anti-Vitter super PAC

Millionaire trial lawyer John Carmouche, who has made a fortune from controversial legacy lawsuits, is single-handedly bankrolling the deceptively named

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U.S House Acts to Rein in Frivolous Lawsuits

  U.S House Acts to Rein in Frivolous Lawsuits

While much of the national media covering Capitol Hill has been focused on the effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood, a

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Survey Says: Louisiana needs to clean up its courts

  Survey Says: Louisiana needs to clean up its courts

In a new national survey on state legal climates, Louisiana finds itself once again at the bottom of the pack.

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Unlawful judicial ruling violates the First Amendment, illustrates the close ties between some lawyers and judges in Louisiana

  Unlawful judicial ruling violates the First Amendment, illustrates the close ties between some lawyers and judges in Louisiana

Questionable judicial rulings are so frequent in Louisiana courts they don’t often warrant much attention beyond the parties involved in

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LANDRY: Texas Trial Lawyers Seeking Louisiana Plaintiffs To Sue Chesapeake Energy

  LANDRY: Texas Trial Lawyers Seeking Louisiana Plaintiffs To Sue Chesapeake Energy

Lawyers from the Lone Star State are heading to Bossier City this week looking for a goldmine of Louisiana landowners. Through

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Super-Rich Trial Lawyers Bankrolling Gumbo PAC

  Super-Rich Trial Lawyers Bankrolling Gumbo PAC

It is no surprise that super PACs are playing a huge role in the 2015 Louisiana election cycle. With the

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Exposing “The Buddy System”

  Exposing “The Buddy System”

As part of our mission to serve as a legal watchdog, Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch works to expose activities of

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A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement

  A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement

Hourly rates saved the state millions in attorneys’ fees How would you like a $700 million payday for five years

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A balanced courtroom needs a full jury box

  A balanced courtroom needs a full jury box

Each year millions of Americans get a sinking feeling when they receive a summons for jury duty. Do I really

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