Louisiana takes over as the new #50 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. The state scored poorly in all key element categories, and New Orleans made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments.  

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2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Louisiana

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States' Legal Reform Efforts in 2018 - Off and Running

February 12, 2018 | News and Blog

In the early weeks of 2018, certain states are already pushing forward and making meaningful strides on legal reform. Read More »

Louisiana One of World's "Worst Legal Climates," Says State Business Leader

November 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The director of the Louisiana Association for Business and Industry told the Louisiana Record that her state's legal climate is one of the world's worst. Read More »

Survey: Louisiana's Lawsuit Climate Ranked As Nation's Worst

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the first time, Louisiana's lawsuit climate ranked 50th -- the worst in the nation -- according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Louisiana had ranked 49th in the four previous surveys. Read More »

In the News Today - October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Third party litigation financier, Bentham IMF, announced this week that it is launching a new program to finance so-called "whistleblower" lawsuits. Because "whistleblower" lawyers work on a contingency basis, Bentham IMF's program "is not funding the cost of litigation but is primarily aimed at providing whistleblowers with cash while they wait for their claim to wind through court." Read More »

Opposition Grows to Louisiana Coastal Lawsuits Against Oil & Gas Companies

October 17, 2016 | News and Blog

The publisher of The Daily Iberian penned an editorial praising the Iberia (Louisiana) Parish Council for its unanimous vote to urge the parish "not be included in any group that files suit against oil companies" for alleged damage to coastal areas. Read More »

In the News Today - October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016 | News and Blog

Kevin Romero, chairman of the board for the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, comments on Gov. John Bel Edwards' "insistence that each parish must sue" the oil and gas industry noting that Gov. Edwards "is asking all of us to turn our backs on the industry that helped found our communities, which still powers and employs us today." Read More »

In the News Today - October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016 | News and Blog

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined six state attorneys general in signing on to a letter opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed anti-arbitration rule. Read More »

In the News Today - October 7, 2016

October 07, 2016 | News and Blog

Local business owners "filled the Iberia Parish (Louisiana) Council meeting room Wednesday night to encourage the council to approve a resolution opposing any lawsuits against the oil and gas industry" for alleged damages to the parish's coast. Read More »

Concerns Remain over LA Gov's Hiring of Contingency Fee Attorneys to Sue Oil & Gas Industry

October 03, 2016 | News and Blog

The Louisiana governor's office said it has made some slight changes to the contracts of contingency fee plaintiffs' lawyers it hired to sue oil and gas companies on behalf of the state, after state Attorney General Jeff Landry had voiced concerns over the contracts. The governor's legal counsel, however, thinks the AG will still oppose the contracts. Read More »

LA Governor Putting 'Unprecedented' Pressure on Local Governments to Sue Local Industry, Says State Business Leader

September 27, 2016 | News and Blog

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry President Stephen Waguespack writes in The Hayride that the Louisiana governor has urged several local parishes to file lawsuits against oil and gas companies "or get out of the way." Read More »

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