5th Circuit Sets High Bar for Prisoners’ Challenges to Qualified Immunity

Federal prison inmates face high procedural bars in proving Bivens claims against prison staff for First and Eighth Amendment violations, according to a recent... More

Courts Rule on the Basis of Qualified Immunity in Clarkson v. White

The trial and appellate courts recently ruled in the case of Clarkson v. White on the basis of qualified immunity—the well-established doctrine that government officials... More

Louisiana Supreme Court Ruling Reaffirms Limitations to Absolute Judicial Immunity

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently addressed on a supervisory writ, Palowsky v. Campbell et al., where the plaintiff alleged that a law clerk, “spoliated, concealed,... More

Deputies Entitled to Qualified Immunity in 42 U.S.C. §1983 Case

Recently, Judge Ivan Lemelle, Senior United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana, granted a Motion for Summary Judgment to Deputies Charles Cook... More

Louisiana State Police Announce Arrests for Automotive Insurance Fraud

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, the Louisiana State Police announced the arrests of seven New Orleans-area residents on charges related to automotive insurance fraud.... More

Internal Revenue Service Issues 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business,... More

Louisiana Passes Amendment Requiring Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Felony Convictions

Since the Jim-Crow era, Louisiana has not required unanimous jury verdicts to obtain a felony conviction in non-capital cases. Historically, it was shown that... More

Summary Judgment Granted on Claim Arising out of Angola Prison Knife Attack

A security officer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana was sued by an Angola inmate, Alfred Deal, for failing to stop another... More

Decision by Fifth Circuit: Vehicle Passengers’ Arrest for Refusing to Provide Identification Violates 4th Amendment

A recent case, Johnson v. Thibodaux City, 887 F.3d 726 (5thCir. 2018) should be of interest to law enforcement as to the limits of what... More

Baton Rouge Appeals Court Hears Oral Argument on Gov. Edwards’ LGBT-Rights Order

A three-judge panel at the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard oral argument on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, on whether Governor... More

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