Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LOIS RUSSELL (“RUSSELL”), age 61 of Gibson, Louisiana, TANYA GIVENS (“GIVENS”), age 43, of Gibson, Louisiana; HENRY RANDLE (“RANDLE”), age 64, of Gibson, Louisiana; JOHN DIGGS (“J. DIGGS”), age 60, of Thibodaux, Louisiana; and DAKOTA DIGGS (“D. DIGGS”), age 25, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, entered a plea of guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, arising out of staged automobile accidents with tractor-trailers occurring in New Orleans. Read more...


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two new seats would be added to the Louisiana Supreme Court, under a measuring nearing final legislative passage Monday that is expected to create at least one new majority-minority district on the high court and require a redrawing of districts for the first time in decades.

The proposal, co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Patrick McMath and Democratic Sen. Jimmy Harris, received the backing of the House civil law committee in a 10-5 vote and heads next to the full House for debate. It’s already won overwhelming, bipartisan support from the Senate. Read more...

Nailing lawyers who represent injured people against business and insurance companies was a main theme of last year’s legislative session and a secondary melody in the past few annual gatherings.

Though no studies show even a casual connection between advertising and the number of lawsuits filed, legislators spent much of their time trying to rid the air of broadcast commercials and highway billboards of lawyers seeking clients who had car wrecks. In fact, clipping attorney ads was “about all they talked about, at least at first,” recalled a participant on the task force that drafted the 2020 legislation that changed Louisiana’s legal system. Read more...

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