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National Football League Players Association gets hit with concussion injury lawsuit

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), a union for professional football players in the NFL, and three former presidents of the group, have been hit by a lawsuit from two former football players who claim the defendants conspired to conceal evidence that traumatic brain injuries increase the risk for long-term neurological problems. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed in Missouri federal court by former Minnesota Viking Christian Ballard and Gregory Westbrooks, who played with the New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. The players claim they spent thousand of dollars in dues during ... Read More

BP exec can face criminal charge in connection with oil spill, court decides

A former BP executive can be tried on a criminal charge of lying to Congress during its oil spill investigation, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, overturning the decision of a lower court that had dismissed the charges in May 2013. Judge Stephen Higginson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said that David Rainey, a former BP exploration vice president, can indeed stand trial for obstructing Congress because a lower court judge had misinterpreted the obstruction statute when he threw the charges out. Prosecutors accused Mr. Rainey of downplaying estimates about the quantity of ... Read More

Louisiana oyster and shrimp industries in serious decline after BP oil spill

Louisiana’s seafood industries are in serious decline more than four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and flooded the northern Gulf with millions of barrels of oil. Recent reports from the state’s oyster and shrimp industries indicate that fisheries have a long way to go before they return to pre-oil spill levels, if they ever recover at all. Al Sunseri, co-owner of French Quarter-based P&J Oyster Co., told the Associated Press that his company’s oyster yields are the lowest they have ever been in the company’s 130-plus years of business. “We’re shucking a tenth of the oysters that we used ... Read More

Supreme Court rejects BP’s request to freeze oil spill claims, payments resume

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected BP’s request to freeze payments to businesses harmed by its Deepwater Horizon oil spill as the oil giant waits to hear whether the high court will hear its appeal of the settlement agreement it reached with plaintiffs’ lawyers in 2012. In its fight to kill the uncapped oil-spill settlement agreement it helped design and then approved in 2012, BP has pushed its argument all the way to the Supreme Court. The company says oil spill fund administrator Patrick Juneau misinterpreted the agreement terms and is paying fictitious and inflated claims to businesses. However, ... Read More

Testosterone drugs may seriously harm some patients, doctor warns

National Public Radio (NPR) recently called testosterone replacement drugs “the biggest men’s health craze since Viagra,” but some doctors warn that the supplements could be anything but healthy for some men. The Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans recently reported that resident urologist Harold Fuselier warns that testosterone-replacement drugs, which are now widely available in topical gels, creams, and patches, could have serious, even deadly, side effects. It’s an especially important warning to consider, given the proliferation of television, web, and print advertisements touting the advantages of drugs that artificially boost low testosterone levels, often referred ... Read More

Increasing number of people in U.S. getting hip replacement surgery

An estimated 7 million people in the United States – or 2 out of every 100 – have had a total knee or hip replacement, according to a Mayo Clinic study. The research was the first major study to estimate how common joint replacement has become in the United States. Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and author of the study, reviewed federal databases on surgeries and life expectancy trends and reported those findings this month at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in New Orleans. Until now, since the United States didn’t ... Read More

BP fails to delay oil-spill compensation to seafood works

NEW ORLEANS, La. — A federal judge on Wednesday denied BP’s request to suspend payments to seafood industry claimants seeking oil spill compensation from a $2.3-billion fund, saying BP’s allegations of fraud against a lawyer representing some of the claimants weren’t substantial enough to justify halting payments to all seafood workers seeking relief from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP had asked Judge Carl Barbier to halt the second phase of payments from the special seafood fund BP and plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed to in March 2012. The oil giant alleged that a San Antonio-based lawyer falsely claimed to represent ... Read More

Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill prompted shutdown

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The U.S. Coast Guard reopened a stretch of the lower Mississippi River to water traffic Monday after an oil spill from a tank barge collision forced its closure Saturday afternoon, shuttering the Port of New Orleans, the nation’s busiest port in terms of volume. Coast Guard authorities closed about 65 miles of the river after a barge loaded with light crude collided with another barge hauling grain, releasing about 31,500 gallons of oil into the river 50 miles upriver near Vacherie, La. Both of the barges were being pushed by towboats at the time. Officials originally ... Read More

Louisiana coroner sentenced to prison, fines, restitution for corruption charge

A Federal judge sentenced former St. Tammany Parish, La., coroner Peter Galvan to 24 months in prison Wednesday for using his agency’s funding, much of which came from the U.S. government, for personal gain. The former coroner must also pay $5,000 in fines and at least $193,388 in restitution to his former office. Peter Galvan resigned last October and pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge after more than a year of investigations and public outrage, spurred in large part by the accusations of whistleblower Terry King and his wife Laura King. Mr. Galvan hired Mrs. King to serve as ... Read More

Judge again rejects BP’s attempts to rewrite oil-spill agreement

A federal judge overseeing oil-spill litigation in New Orleans rejected BP’s protests that damage claims should not be paid to businesses that can’t prove their losses were directly caused by the 2010 disaster. Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling that BP’s arguments were invalid because they contradicted the position the company took when it pushed for approval of the 2012 settlement agreement, knowing that a quick and efficient claims process would make payment of claims not directly related to the spill “inevitable.” Judge Barbier also said that BP’s settlement agreement was designed to avoid long delays and a slow ... Read More