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Super Bowl XLVII
8:20 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

ACLU's Suit Over Super Bowl "Clean Zone" Settled

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans have agreed to a settlement resolving the group's lawsuit over the city's plans to enforce a "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week.

The agreement filed Monday would allow the city to enforce some limits on commercial activity in the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods. The filing says the city can prohibit "off-site and mobile advertising," such as signs attached to a vehicle or worn by a person.

Mardi Gras 2013
5:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

'Rex' Liquor Seller Says No Infringement Intended

An executive with a liquor distributor that brands its products with a name often associated with Mardi Gras says its trademark was registered without any intention of infringing on the trademarks of a famous New Orleans Carnival organization.

Last week, The Rex Organization filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Rex Spirits Inc. is unlawfully combining the Rex name with Mardi Gras images to market products under the name "King REX Spirits."

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Blast Victims' Relatives Weigh in on BP Plea Deal

Relatives of workers killed in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion are sharing their stories with the judge who will decide whether to accept a plea deal that calls for BP PLC to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 disaster.

Wednesday is the deadline for victims to submit written statements about BP's plea agreement with the Justice Department to U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance. The judge has scheduled a Jan. 29 hearing where she will either accept or reject the deal.

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Ray Nagin Indictment
3:20 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Full Text of the Ray Nagin Indictment

Read the entire text of the indictment issued today against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Download the file (.pdf).

Latest News
9:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Lawsuit Challenges Jindal Budgeting Tactics

Two Jefferson Parish lawmakers have lodged a legal challenge against the state's budget, asking a judge to declare its financing a violation of Louisiana's Constitution.

Reps. Kirk Talbot and Cameron Henry, both Republicans, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state district court in Baton Rouge.

The lawsuit is part of continuing criticism from conservative House Republicans about GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal's budgeting tactics, specifically his use of one-time, patchwork funding to pay for ongoing programs and services.

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BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Federal Judge Delays Ex-BP Engineer's Trial

A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kurt Mix's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 25, but U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. moved it to June 10 after conferring with defense attorneys and prosecutors on Monday. Duval agreed to give both sides more time to prepare.

BP Oil Spill
7:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Berwick Moves to Make Oil Spill Claims

Berwick, La. will hire outside counsel to represent the town in litigation seeking payments from BP PLC for economic damage during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Daily Review reports the resolution, approved by the Town Council this past week, allows the town to retain lawyers Sam Gabb of Plauche, Smith & Nieset and Russell Stutes Jr. of Stutes and Lavergne. They will notify BP under the Oil Pollution Act of claims to recover sales tax losses because of the spill.

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Latest News
10:38 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Letten 'Weighing Options' on Future, Mum on Cases

At his first public appearance since leaving office, former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says he is still weighing his options for the future.

Letten also said he is optimistic that New Orleans officials and the Justice Department will work together to improve the city's troubled police department, despite recent differences between the two sides over the costs of reform.

Letten wouldn't comment on specifics regarding the police issue or cases he oversaw as U.S. Attorney.

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BP Oil Spill
8:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

BP: Government Overestimated Size of Spill

BP has urged a federal judge to rule the company can't be penalized for millions of gallons of oil that spewed from its blown-out well but was captured before it could spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

A court filing Friday by BP says the federal government overestimated the size of the spill because workers captured more than 34 million gallons of crude and either burned it or shipped it to shore.

NOPD
7:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Police Reforms

Despite objections from the city, a federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's troubled Police Department.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.

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