Louisiana is ranked #49 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Within the state, New Orleans or Orleans Parish made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment. Louisiana is in the bottom five of all ten of the elements evaluated in the survey, sitting at the absolute bottom for timeliness of summary judgment or dismissal, judges’ impartiality, judges’ competence, and juries’ fairness.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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."
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Despite Governor John Bel Edwards' pleas for local parishes to file lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over alleged wetlands damage, some parishes are refusing to do so, reports Houma Today. Read More »
Despite mounting criticism over his hiring of political donors to serve as outside counsel to represent the state of Louisiana in lawsuits against oil and gas companies, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is "doubling down" on the lawsuits. Read More »
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is facing criticism over bringing in a group of "top campaign donors … as attorneys on a controversial lawsuit against oil and gas companies - a case that could mean a big payday for Edwards' hired guns," reports The Advocate. Read More »