April 24, 2018

Judge rules nationwide class action allegations may proceed against Navient

An estimated 16,000 student debtors got one crucial step closer to getting some loan relief last month when a Texas judge ruled in a nationwide putative class action that some private student loans are dischargeable in bankruptcy. The case is Evan Brian Crocker, et al. v. Navient Solutions, LLC…

March 6, 2018

The New York Times: Left to Louisiana’s tides, a village fights for time

“Plaintiffs’ lawyers had won judgments and settlements in Louisiana cases demanding the cleanup of oil field contamination. The flood protection authority hired one of them — Gladstone N. Jones III of New Orleans — and constructed arguments evocative of those used 30 years earlier against Big Tobacco: Energy companies had known…

February 23, 2018

WWL-TV: Air Near SE Louisiana Plant Poses Highest Cancer Risk in US

“There’s no place in St. John that has a safe level of chloroprene,” Bobby Taylor said.  “Man, that is frightening.” Taylor formed the Concerned Citizens of St. John after seeing rare forms of cancer and other illnesses affecting his neighbors. “This family right here lost the mother and the father and…

February 22, 2018

The New Orleans Advocate: EPA refuses to reclassify chloroprene

“Eight months after a LaPlace company asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to soften its findings about the danger of exposure to chloroprene emissions, the federal agency has instead doubled down on its message that the pollutant could be putting thousands of local residents at risk. In a 54-page report released…