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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]

Louisiana urged to release prisoner from indefinite solitary confinement
January 6, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday demanded that Louisiana state officials immediately release former Black Panther Albert Woodfox, who has been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to iso....... [more]

Federal judge rules proof of direct causation unnecessary for BP oil spill claimants
December 25, 2013
US District Judge Carl Barbier for the US District Court Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on Tuesday that BP could not require businesses to provide proof their economic losses were directly caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill under the terms of their prior settlement agreement. Under....... [more]

Louisiana top court strikes down immigrant driving law
October 17, 2013
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law that made it a crime for non-US citizens to drive a vehicle without carrying proof of lawful immigration status. The court found that the state law is preempted by federal law under the US Supreme Court's recent decision in Arizona v. Un....... [more]

Federal arbitration board orders FEMA to pay New Orleans Katrina responders
September 6, 2013
The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to pay the City of New Orleans $10.8 million in connection to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The decision, issued last week, comes in response to a June 2012 request for arbitration by the City of New Orl....... [more]

BP ordered to pay $130 million to oil spill claims administrator
August 8, 2013
Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program. The budget and fees for the program totaled over $130 millio....... [more]

Rights groups: death penalty in US states violates human rights
June 18, 2013
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Monday released summary findings concluding that the use of the death penalty in California and Louisiana violates human rights. The report concludes that the way the death penalty is used in Calif....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for Oklahoma in Red River water dispute
June 13, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann that the Red River Compact does not preempt Oklahoma water laws. The Red River Compact regulates water rights from the Red River among the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Tarrant Regiona....... [more]




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