“Buddy System” Earns Louisiana Top Judicial Hellhole Ranking
The results are in, and they are not good. According to the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), Louisiana has one of the worst legal climates in the country.
In its annual Judicial Hellhole’s report, ATRA specifically calls out Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell for establishing a “Buddy System” through which he routinely hands out highly lucrative no-bid legal contracts to his political supporters without any kind of transparency or oversight. According to campaign finance records and documents, 12 firms who have contributed more than a quarter million dollars to Caldwell’s political campaign have received more than two dozen contracts to represent the Attorney General’s office in litigation, including, not surprisingly, two of his top campaign officials. Caldwell is also heavily criticized for his office’s questionable interpretation of a law that seems to preclude him and other state officials from hiring outside counsel on a contingent fee basis.
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