Louisiana

445 ABA Journal Louisiana articles.

Judge Tosses Katrina Levee Suit

A New Orleans judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking damages caused by levee breaks during Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled yesterday that the Army Corps of…

Ex-PI Lawyer, Accused of Keeping Client Settlements, Gets 41-Month Sentence

A former personal injury lawyer in Louisiana has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for lying to banks and forging client signatures.

Mel Credeur of Lafayette pleaded guilty last…

Supreme Court to Review Death Penalty in Child Rape Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether it’s constitutional to impose a death sentence for the crime of child rape.

The case of 43-year-old Patrick Kennedy was among…

Some Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Contest All-or-Nothing Vioxx Settlement

Several plaintiffs’ lawyers are opposing a controversial provision in a $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement that requires them to recommend the deal to all of their clients…

Federal Judge’s Conduct Cited as Possible Grounds for Impeachment

A special court panel has found that U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous of New Orleans has engaged in conduct that might constitute grounds for impeachment, including filing false statements with…

Obit Blames Lawyer’s Death on Stress of Law Firm Job

An obituary apparently written by a lawyer’s widow blames his stressful law firm job for his heart attack.

“Robert Bruce Evanick (always known as Bruce to those who loved him—and…

No Jail Time for Loyola Law Prof Who Helped Client Find Counsel

A Louisiana appeals court has overturned a contempt finding by a state judge that would have required a law professor working with the Orleans Parish public defender’s office in New…

Loyola Law Grad Irked by Katrina Accommodation Loses Suit

A New Orleans federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by a Loyola University New Orleans law grad who sought the refund of tuition that enabled him to receive free classes…

Deference to Trial Judge Debated in Jury Bias Case

A case concerning the exclusion of black jurors in a criminal case was back before the U.S. Supreme Court for oral arguments yesterday.

Death-row inmate Allen Snyder is challenging the…

Bell Gets 18 Months in Jena 6 Plea Deal

One of the Jena 6 defendants has agreed to a plea deal in juvenile court that apparently will require him to serve little additional time, after spending much of 2007…

Plea Deal for Jena 6 Teen?

A 17-year-old who has been imprisoned for much of this year in a controversial Louisiana case that has sparked massive civil rights protests may be close to a plea deal.

La. Judge Opens Entire Jena 6 Trial

Responding to a lawsuit filed by multiple media organizations, a Louisiana judge decided today to open to the public all trial proceedings in the case of Mychal Bell. The Jena…

Deal Would Give Plaintiffs About $3M in DA Race Bias Case

Dozens of employees who won a suit against New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan for firing them because they were white would receive about $3 million under a deal financed…

Ex-ABA Membership Chair Dies

A Shreveport, La., lawyer who served as ABA membership chairman has died.

Robert G.Pugh, a former president of the Shreveport Bar Association, died at the age of 83, the

FBI Hate Crimes Stats Soar; Noose Use Not Counted

Hate crimes rose significantly in 2006, up nearly 8 percent in that one year alone, according to the FBI.

“Police across the nation reported 7,722 criminal incidents in 2006 targeting…

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