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More Troopers For Thanksgiving Holiday

WDSU is reporting that the head of Louisiana State Police says he’s sending 30 troopers from southeast Louisiana to New Orleans to help with enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday in the central business district and French Quarter.

Edmonson says the extra troopers will help the department from Friday through Tuesday as the city expects an influx of thousands of visitors for the Bayou Classic college football matchup between Grambling State and Southern University and the Monday night Saints football game against the New York Giants.

You can read more here.

State Law Won’t Apply in Recovery of Gulf Damages

Sabrina Canfield at the Courthouse News Service is reporting thatU.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that Alabama and Louisiana may recover damages arising from the April 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, including punitive damages, under the federal Oil Pollution Act and maritime law. But Barbier said damages under state law cannot be applied.

The article also reports, “Barbier this week granted in part and denied in part oil spill defendants’ motions to dismiss complaints from the states of Alabama and Louisiana. In a separate ruling, Barbier said BP cannot use Transocean’s liability insurance.”

You can read the full article here.

How 38 Monks Took on the Funeral Cartel and Won

There is a great article appearing in the Atlantic written by Conor Friedersdorf on the monks at Saint Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana and their legal battle which they had to take to Federal Court to win the right to manufacture caskets.

It’s a great story and a testament to a small group of determined men who fought an industry trying to take away their competition and won.  You can read the full article here.

The Irpino Law Firm is pleased to announce Justin Reese, Esq. has joined the firm as an Attorney at Law

The Irpino Law Firm is pleased to announced Justin Reese, Esq. has joined the firm as an Attorney at Law.

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New Orleans Construction Product Supplier Settles in Chinese Drywall Suit

 A settlement agreement has been reached with a New Orleans, La.-based supplier of tainted Chinese drywall in the multi-district litigation (MDL 2047) over the product.

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Loyola selects new dean for the College of Law

Congratulation to Loyola Law School and María Pabón López, J.D., the new dean of the school.

After an exhaustive search, Loyola has chosen María Pabón López , professor of law at Indiana University School of Law and an expert in immigrants’ rights.

We’re excited for this new chapter at Loyola Law School, a powerful institution which has contributed some of the best legal minds to this community, region and country.

You can read the full press release here.

Companies say they are owed millions for BP work

The Houston Chronicle is carrying a story from Michael Kunzelman of the Associated Press telling the difficulties of some companies and small business owners who were hired on behalf of BP in being paid.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

“I figure it’s BP trying to worm out of paying,” said Matthew Creel, who owns a Carriere, Miss.-based excavation company.

Mike Cook, executive vice president of EMR Inc. of Lawrence, Kansas, said his company is owed more than $2 million for environmental monitoring and other services it provided after the spill.

“I’m really concerned about the littler guys in this deal,” he said.

You can read the full story in the Houston Chronicle.

Troy King, Alabama Attorney General, “BP oil spill fund chief can’t be trusted”

Troy King, Alabama’s Attorney General wrote a great opinion piece in editorial section of USA Today.

Here is the opening paragraph and it is a powerful statement from the Republican Attorney General of Alabama:

Gulf Coast Claims Facility Administrator Kenneth Feinberg cannot be trusted. While Feinberg has tried to persuade residents of the Gulf Coast that he works for them — referring to himself as their advocate and friend — he was hired by BP, his law firm is being paid $850,000 a month by BP, and every action he has taken has benefited BP.

It’s interesting to learn Mr. Feinberg lives in New York and flies in a BP-provided corporate jet to do his work which he is paid by BP $850,000 per month.

The article is a very informative, quick read. Here is a link:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2010-12-29-editorial29_ST1_N.htm

Entergy overcharged customers

Last week, an administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled Entergy overcharged customers in four states by selling higher priced power to its own subsidiaries.

“A judge has now found by compelling evidence that Entergy has overcharged ratepayers by selling them its most expensive electricity. This is one of the company’s methods of cheating ratepayers,” said Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

The Louisiana Public Service Commission brought the case. LPSC Executive Secretary Eve Gonzalez said Monday the commission was pleased with the ruling and will be following the case closely.

One of Mississippi’s three elected public service commissioners, Brandon Presley, said Monday that the administrative judge’s order, “Is as strong as 10 acres of garlic.”

See the full article in the Picayune Item here:

http://picayuneitem.com/statenews/x1531217231/Regulatory-judge-Entergy-overcharged-customers

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