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State GOP snubs Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s reelection effort

By Kyle Barnett | Jul 29, 2015

BATON ROUGE — Incumbent Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell has been passed up by the Louisiana Republican Party in favor of opponent Jeff Landry.

La. AG's antitrust suit against Pfizer relying on private attorneys, campaign donors

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 16, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has again hired a list of political allies for help with an antitrust lawsuit brought against Pfizer which mirrors similar actions taken against several other pharmaceutical companies.

Plaintiffs attorneys say La. SC justice they donated $775K to shouldn't recuse himself from legacy lawsuits

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A group of plaintiffs’ attorneys who helped bankroll the election of Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes are opposing a motion to recuse him from their cases currently being considered by the state’s high court.

Ala. AG's office re-deputized private firm to avoid legal challenge from BP, has always intended to use firm for trial

By Kyle Barnett | Jun 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – The State of Alabama has always intended to use private attorneys for a trial in its case against BP over a 2010 oil spill and has been working with a member of a politically connected firm who is on a leadership committee representing private parties, even after the firm saw its initial contract with the State cancelled.

Oil companies say trial bar made 'careful and deliberate' campaign contributions to Louisiana Supreme Court justice

By Kyle Barnett | May 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Three major and several independent oil companies have asked Louisiana State Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes to recuse himself in a pair environmental lawsuits up for review.

La. AG hires nine private law firms, 17 attorneys for federal antitrust pharmaceutical lawsuit

By Kyle Barnett | May 22, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - As Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell continues to go after pharmaceutical companies for alleged consumer fraud, he also is continuing a practice of bringing in high-profile attorneys, some of whom are campaign contributors, to do legal work on behalf of the state.

As deadline looms for Deepwater Horizon claims, plaintiffs’ attorneys prepare for huge payday

By Kyle Barnett | May 19, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – With the deadline for submitting a Deepwater Horizon claim less than a month away, the powerful group of attorneys who settled the class action litigation stemming from the 2010 Gulf oil spill stand to make more than $2.5 billion for their work on the case.

New lawsuit against Renaissance Rx accuses embattled pharmacogenetics firm of fraud, illegal activity

By Kyle Barnett | Apr 29, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Nearly six months after a multimillion-dollar study was shut down in the face of a Medicare review by the federal government, New Orleans-based pharmacogenetics firm Renaissance Rx is facing new allegations from a Rhode Island doctor that the company funneled fraudulent and illegal Medicare tests through his office without his knowledge.

GSK accuses La. AG Caldwell of attempting to pursue case that was already settled

By Kyle Barnett | Apr 15, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is attempting to have an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office last December thrown out claiming it is a copycat of a similar class action lawsuit settled in 2013.

Ala. AG changes course, rehires private attorneys to represent State in BP oil spill case

By Kyle Barnett | Apr 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange made headlines following the 2010 BP oil spill when he said private attorneys would not represent the State in litigation against the oil giant, but in an about-face, Strange has appointed two Alabama law firms to assist in suing BP on behalf of the State.

Alleged phony resort scheme nets man $2.3M Deepwater Horizon claim, and indictment

By Kyle Barnett | Feb 25, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – In one of the more brazen schemes to defraud BP in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a North Carolina man has been indicted for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering after allegedly creating a web of paperwork to substantiate a multimillion dollar claims payment for a non-existent luxury resort.

Judge dismisses massive suit against oil and gas companies by La. flood protection board

By Kyle Barnett | Feb 17, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has dismissed a case brought on behalf of a local flood protection authority looking to pin billions of dollars worth of coastal land loss on oil and energy exploration activities.

Prominent plaintiffs attorney backs BP’s bid to remove Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau

By Kyle Barnett | Feb 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -  As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears arguments concerning BP’s attempt to remove Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau, prominent plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Becnel says he backs the oil giant’s position.

New Orleans-based biotech firm Renaissance Rx hit by layoffs, future of company in question

By Kyle Barnett | Jan 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Months after announcing a large investment from a private equity firm and a huge expansion partially funded by taxpayers, a Louisiana biotech lab is facing serious financial issues.

BP spokesman tells environmental journalists they got it wrong

By Kyle Barnett | Sep 9, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – In a speech given to the Society for Environmental Journalists on Wednesday, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell told the group that he was discouraged by speculative reporting that took place during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill regarding the impact the spill would have on the environment.

Asbestos venue-shopping bill passes La. committee

By Kyle Barnett | Apr 9, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - A bill that would limit where lawsuits involving latent diseases can be brought narrowly passed a Louisiana House of Representatives committee earlier this week.

BP asks appeals court to decertify Deepwater Horizon class action

By Kyle Barnett | Nov 7, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - BP argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the second time this year asking that a settlement agreement reached with the plaintiffs' steering committee last year not be upheld unless procedures involving certain payments to businesses are altered.

Claims administrator ordered to halt oil spill claims payments

By Kyle Barnett | Oct 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has ordered claims administrator Patrick Juneau to immediately stop business-related loss payments connected to the 2010 BP oil spill.

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