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Federal judge finds BP bears majority of responsibility for Deepwater Horizon disaster
September 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster rest....... [more]

Louisiana same-sex marriage ban upheld
September 3, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that same-sex marriage supporters had failed to prove that the ban violates the equal protection or due process provisions of the Constitution. The ruling by Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern....... [more]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion law
September 1, 2014
A federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked the enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, which was scheduled to take effect on Monday. The measure requires doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic, allowing for clinics to....... [more]

Louisiana abortion clinic challenges new state law
August 23, 2014
Louisiana abortion clinic Hope Medical Group for Women and the Center for Reproductive Rights on Friday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to block a law that requires doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, which would likely force clinics to shut d....... [more]

Louisiana governor signs law prohibiting non-legalized re-adoption of children
June 22, 2014
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the abus....... [more]

Louisiana governor signs abortion restrictions into law
June 13, 2014
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal on Thursday signed into law two bills dealing with abortion. HB 388 requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Opponents claim that this law will force three of the state's five abortion clinics to close. HB 305 bars abo....... [more]

Louisiana legislature approves restrictive abortion bill
May 22, 2014
The Louisiana State Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If the bill becomes law, it will likely shut down three of the state's five abortion clinics. Proponents of the bill argue that admitting privil....... [more]

History of the BP Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
Deepwater Horizon, the name given to the oil spill from the British Petroleum (BP)-run Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, occurred between April and September 2010. Macondo Prospect is a large area off the coast of the Louisiana that contains large deposits of oil and is thus the site of severa....... [more]

Couples challenge Louisiana law against recognizing same-sex marriages
February 13, 2014
Four married same-sex couples have joined with the Forum for Equality Louisiana in filling a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The Louisiana Constitution as amended in 2004 defines....... [more]

Federal judge delays Louisiana execution to review injection drugs
February 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana declared Monday that Wednesday's scheduled execution of 70-year-old Christopher Sepulvado by lethal injection will be delayed for 90 days. Sepulvado was charged with the murder of his six-year-old stepson in 1993. Last week, Loui....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds multibillion dollar settlement for BP oil spill
January 11, 2014
A federal appeals court ruled on Friday to uphold a district court ruling approving BP's settlement with parties who claim to have suffered financial loss due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP argued that the settlement should not be enforced as District Judge Carl Barbier for the Eastern....... [more]




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