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2:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Changes At Orleans Juvenile Court

As part of the criminal justice reporting partnership between 89.9 WWNO and WYES-TV, Marcia Kavanaugh tells us about changes that are on the horizon for the New Orleans Juvenile Court.

It is presently located at the corner of Poydras and Loyola Avenues, in the same building as Orleans Parish Civil District Court. It is identified by a door simple stating “Juvenile Court.”

But things are about to change — not only the court’s address, but also the number of judges that occupy the juvenile court bench.

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Features
6:32 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

What Do New Orleans Criminal Court Judges Do?

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Election Day is just weeks away. In Orleans Parish, voters will choose who will take a seat on the bench in two sections of Criminal District Court.

In the continuing WWNO/WYES series on the Orleans Parish criminal justice system, WYES Community Projects Producer Marcia Kavanaugh helps us understand what the judges at Criminal Court actually do.

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5:13 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Judge Rules Levee Authority Can Sue Oil And Gas Companies, Despite New Law

A state judge in Baton Rouge has ruled that Louisiana's Legislature missed its mark when it passed a bill seeking to halt a south Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal damage.

The legislation prohibits state agencies and local governments from pursuing such suits. But state District Judge Janice Clark on Monday said the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is neither a state agency nor a local government.

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2:59 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Nearly 4,000 May Get Damages In Chinese Drywall Suit

Homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama are eligible to share damages awarded in a lawsuit against Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.
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A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court.

Attorney Leonard Davis of New Orleans said Monday that notices were sent Friday to the homeowners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon certified all plaintiffs in nine lawsuits last week as members of a class-action suit against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd.

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7:44 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Former BP Engineer Awaiting Retrial Allowed Overseas Travel

A former BP engineer waiting for a retrial on charges stemming from the 2010 oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad.

A federal judge says that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China next month to attend his stepson's wedding, and visit with family.

Prosecutors have accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil hushing from the blown-out well.

He was convicted on one count in 2013 but won a new trial based on juror misconduct. He has pleaded not-guilty.

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7:37 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Delay Granted For Former BP Executive Accused of Obstruction Over Oil Spill

A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has gotten a delay in his case.

David Rainey's court arraignment, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for December 3 by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans Thursday.

Rainey faces charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements. He currently is set for trial March 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

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3:03 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Businesses Won't Have To Return BP Spill Payouts

A federal judge says BP must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their businesses.
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BP wanted its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge says the oil giant must stick by an agreement with companies that got payouts after claiming the 2010 Gulf oil spill hurt their business.

BP argued Wednesday that a flawed funding formula in the settlement is giving money to businesses for questionable claims, and they should be forced to return it.

But U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier says a deal is a deal. Barbier had ordered the formula changed several weeks ago

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7:49 am
Wed September 24, 2014

BP Asking Federal Court To Approve Refunds Of Fraudulent Claims

BP will be asking a federal judge in New Orleans today to approve refunding some settlement payments over the 2010 oil spill.

The company says hundreds of millions of dollars should be returned from some businesses that received payments between August 2012 to October of last year.

BP says it's fair because Judge Carl Barbier found the formula used at that time was incorrect, and ordered a change.

Opposing attorneys say BP is trying to get out of its obligations. They say the release plaintiffs sign to get a settlement payment is a binding agreement for both sides.

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7:39 am
Tue September 23, 2014

State Appealing Court Ruling Against Gay Marriage Ban

The state is appealing a Lafayette judge’s ruling that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

It was Judge Edward Rubin's second ruling that Angela Costanza of Broussard may adopt partner Chasity Brewer's son, and be listed as a parent on his birth certificate.

The two married in California, and the suit says it should be recognized.

Rubin's ruling in February was overturned by a state appellate court.

Lafayette attorney Joshua Guillory tells The Advocate he believes it's the first time a state judge has found the law unconstitutional.

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6:52 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Louisiana State Judge: Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

It was Judge Edward Rubin's second ruling that Angela Costanza of Broussard may adopt partner Chasity Brewer's son and be listed as a parent on his birth certificate. The two were married in California, and the suit says that marriage should be recognized.

Rubin's ruling in February was overturned by a state appeal court.

Brewer says she's been told Monday's ruling will be released after it's rewritten to remove the child's name.

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