Michael Abella Aug. 31, 2016, 2:31pm


NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) — A New Jersey court reporting firm is suing members of a Louisiana board of examiners, alleging unlawful behavior.

Veritext Corp. of Livingston, New Jersey, filed a lawsuit Aug. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against members of the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Court Reporters, alleging they violated the commerce, due process and the equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, Veritext was deprived of its fundamental constitutional right, threatened with losses and financial injury to its business and property due to the illegal actions of the defendants. The suit says Veritext will continue to be injured in its business and property unless the defendants' conduct is restrained by the court. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants engaged in anti-competitive conduct of raising court reporting rates and unlawfully conspiring to insulate themselves from competition from Veritext.

Veritext seeks a trial by jury, judgment against the defendants that the plaintiff be engaged to perform contracting services, a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from taking any action against the plaintiff, attorney fees, court costs and expenses, plus all other relief the court deems just and proper. 

It is represented by attorneys Robert B. Bieck, Jr., Mark A. Cunningham, Alexander N. Breckinridge V and Joseph C. Davis of Jones Walker LLP in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-13903

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