It was an abrupt reversal of fortune that stirred lingering resentment and fresh tears more than nine years after Hurricane Katrina: Louisiana’s Supreme Court overturned rulings from two lower courts and tossed out a lawsuit that said roughly 7,500 New Orleans public school employees were wrongfully fired after levee failures during the 2005 storm led to inundation of the city.
A grand jury has indicted an Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy in connection with a stabbing inside Orleans Parish Prison.
The Sheriff's Office said 42-year-old John Dupart was charged with counts of malfeasance in office and principal to aggravated battery. The Sheriff's Office says Dupart did not follow procedures, which resulted in an altercation at the jail.
Dupart is not accused of taking part in any violent act himself. His attorney says the allegation is that Dupart didn't stop a fight.
A tentative agreement has been reached in a 2010 federal lawsuit that claimed New Orleans schools failed to fulfill obligations to students with a variety of disabilities — including autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder.
U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said in an order made public yesterday that an "agreement in principle" had been reached in the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students.
Settlement efforts had been going on for months.
Attorneys involved declined comment because the agreement is not yet final.
Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:20 am
After a federal judge ruled that BP's "gross negligence" and "willful misconduct" were to blame for 2010's huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company was exposed to billions in federal fines. The company asked the judge last month to reconsider. And on Thursday, he said no.
The ruling against BP could trigger up to $18 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act — far more than the $3.5 billion the oil company has reportedly set aside for that purpose.
Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies are heading to federal court in New Orleans.
They will be making their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a levee board.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year. The board says coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
Today’s hearing is before U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown.