The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says it's running out of money to pay for litigation over the 2010 BP PLC oil spill.
Rene Free, director of administrative services for state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, tells The Advocate that no new money was appropriated in the current year's budget for Deepwater Horizon litigation. Caldwell asked for an additional $16.2 million in July at the start of the budget year, she says.
The Justice Department has filed two criminal misdemeanor charges against Temple-Inland, the former owner of a paper mill in Bogalusa, for violating federal environmental laws.
The charges stem from a five-day spill of pollutants from the company's paper plant into the Pearl River in August 2011.
A bill of information filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Dec. 20 says a "liquor" produced during the processing of pulpwood into paper pulp was discharged, resulting in the death of thousands of fish.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts, but President Barack Obama could get a chance to change that perception.
Republican presidents nominated 10 of the 15 active judges serving on the New Orleans-based court. But six of those GOP-nominated judges are eligible for senior status or will be in the next four years, a change that would allow Obama's Democratic administration to nominate their replacements.
A plea deal calls for a New Orleans man to be sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in five killings in 2007, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer.
Steven Earl Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday to five of the 17 counts he faced in a March indictment. A court filing Wednesday discloses the terms of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Some of the victims' family members have told prosecutors they believe the agreement on the sentence is too lenient.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that seeks to have roughly 400 people who were convicted of soliciting oral or anal sex for money under Louisiana's "crime against nature by solicitation" law removed from the state's sex offender registry.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled Wednesday after hearing arguments by a lawyer representing Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office and a plaintiffs' attorney.
Caldwell's office had argued that a recent change in state law leaves the potential class members without any valid claims.
A judge has tossed out part of an education revamp pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal as unconstitutional, but has upheld the centerpiece provisions that changed teacher tenure and salary laws.
Judge Michael Caldwell ruled Tuesday that the section of the legislation dealing with the authority of local school boards violated the state constitution because it didn't fit into the stated objective of the bill.