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.  

Louisiana at a Glance

Suggested Resources

  • 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States – Louisiana

  • Faces of Lawsuit Abuse – Louisiana

All Results for Louisiana

  1. Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Attorneys' Fees Criticized

    April 12, 2016 | News and Blog

    "$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

  2. In the News Today - March 31, 2016

    March 31, 2016 | News and Blog

    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

  3. Louisiana AG Ends State Legal Contracts with Private Law Firms of District Attorneys

    March 18, 2016 | News and Blog

    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

  4. In the News Today - December 17, 2015

    December 17, 2015 | News and Blog

    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

  5. Outgoing Louisiana AG's 'Buddy System' Highlighted

    December 02, 2015 | News and Blog

    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

  6. Outgoing Louisiana AG Violating State Law with Outside Counsel Contracts?

    November 25, 2015 | News and Blog

    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

  7. In the News Today - November 23, 2015

    November 23, 2015 | News and Blog

    SEC In-House Judge's Comments Further Fuel Criticisms of Bias in the System: According to a recent court filing, Judge Brenda Murray, the chief in-house judge for the Securities and Exchange Commission, last year "told eight stockbrokers to give up on the idea that she would toss the case against them without first holding a hearing." She reportedly "explained to the brokers that the commissioners who run the SEC and approve all the civil charges filed by the agency don't want its judges second-guessing them." (Wall Street Journal)... Read More

  8. In the News Today - October 30, 2015

    October 30, 2015 | News and Blog

    Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal)... Read More

  9. In the News Today - October 19, 2015

    October 19, 2015 | News and Blog

    The Associated Press this weekend spotlighted the "increasingly aggressive" tactics of state governments to track down unclaimed property. Thanks to these aggressive tactics, a startup by two medical researchers who developed a Hepatitis B treatment was forced to sue the state of Delaware when the state aggressively took control of $1.7 million of the company's stock. The company took a big loss in the process. (Associated Press)... Read More

  10. Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Includes 'Reimbursement' to Politically-Connected Law Firms Hired by Louisiana

    October 09, 2015 | News and Blog

    Part of the recent five-state settlement reached by BP over the Gulf oil spill will go to reimburse politically-connected plaintiffs' firms hired by the state of Louisiana, reports Legal Newsline.... Read More