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.
Mom and Son Sue over SAT Typo that Gave Students Extra Test Time: Students take the SAT in hopes of going to college and getting a good education, but some New Jersey students are getting a first-hand lesson in the ins and outs of the legal system - all due to a simple typo. Read More »
"$38 million in legal fees for a small group of well-connected trial lawyers is absurd," Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Melissa Landry told Louisiana Record of the reported fees to be paid out to plaintiffs' attorneys involved in the $20 billion oil spill settlement. Read More »
Jury Finds GM Car's Ignition Switch Not to Blame in Crash: In a bellwether trial over General Motors ignition switches, a jury found yesterday that injuries and damages to a driver and passenger in Louisiana weren't "proximately caused by a characteristic" of the automobile. The jury "stopped short" of awarding damages in the case. Read More »
Louisiana AG Jeff Landry has severed ties with the private law firms of district attorneys who were previously contracted to provide legal services to the state under private contract. Those contracts had been put in place by Landry's predecessor, James "Buddy" Caldwell. Read More »
2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »
The Louisiana Watchdog highlights outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's questionable use of outside private contingency counsel to sue companies on behalf of the state. Specifically, the report highlights Caldwell's use of private law firms in the Gulf oil spill litigation. Read More »
Loyola Law School professor Dan Ciolino says outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's practice of forcing "defendant" companies to pay legal fees to private lawyers working for the state" is "a blatant violation of state ethics laws." Read More »