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8:02 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Court: BP Must Pay Clean Water Act Fines

Anadarko's holdings in the Gulf of Mexico. The company was a minority partner in the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster.
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A federal appeals court says BP PLC and a minority partner in the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in an appeal by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. from a 2012 ruling by federal Judge Carl Barbier.

A three-judge panel says the oil came from their well, so they are liable. It said it cannot just blame Transocean's failed blowout preventer.

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7:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit

Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.

He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.

At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.

The bill blocks a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board wanted to force the industry to repair wetlands damaged by production.

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5:03 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Ray Nagin Sentencing Delayed

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan on Thursday set Nagin's sentencing hearing for July 2.
Derek Bridges

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been granted a delay in sentencing on federal corruption charges.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan on Thursday set Nagin's sentencing hearing for July 2.

The hearing had been set for June 11.

Nagin's lawyer said he needed more time to respond to a lengthy pre-sentence investigation report filed earlier this month.

Prosecutors had opposed a delay, saying there has been plenty of time to prepare for the hearing.

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6:30 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Former Mayor Nagin Ordered To Forfeit More Than $500,000

Former Mayor C. Ray Nagin, in this file photo, leaving Federal District Court in New Orleans.
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Order stems from corruption conviction.

A federal judge is ordering former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to pay the government more than a half-million dollars, stemming from his corruption conviction. The order comes ahead of his sentencing set for next month.

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BP Oil Spill
4:00 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

BP Asking US Supreme Court To Modify Claims Process

BP heading to US Supreme Court.

BP is asking the US Supreme Court for relief from a damage claim process enacted after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company has lost several court battles to modify the deal.

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3:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Big Fees For The Big Easy's Poorest Defendants

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 11:23 am

In the next installment of an NPR investigation, Joseph Shapiro goes to New Orleans to look at the ways poor people are charged for their public defender in court.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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3:02 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Rules for Environmental Damage Suits Advance

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:59 am

They’re called “legacy lawsuits”—when property owners sue oil and gas companies for environmental damage done in decades past. Thursday, Louisiana’s House spent hours hearing—and ultimately approving—two bills dealing with legacy lawsuits.

“When we get to court, we know there’s an issue,” explained Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo, while introducing his bill, which would let parties on either side ask the Department of Natural Resources to come up with a remediation plan for the polluted or otherwise damaged property.

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6:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison must be upgraded, according to a federal consent decree.
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Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.

The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.

Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.

The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, like plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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11:13 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Charter School Group Accused Of Violating Students' Civil Rights

A civil rights complaint filed Tuesday against New Orleans charter school managers Collegiate Academies alleges harsh discipline that violates federal laws.
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This story has been updated.

A group of lawyers, students and parents have filed a civil rights complaint against three local charter schools. They're asking state and federal officials to investigate the discipline policies at Carver Preparatory, Carver Collegiate Academy and Sci Academy, all operated by Collegiate Academies. These schools have the highest suspension rates in the city.

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5:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules On Off-Duty NOPD Details

A federal judge dealt New Orleans police officer groups a stiff blow in their bid to undo the new city-run system for managing paid details.
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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.

The new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at overhauling the police department.

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