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New Louisiana Law Won’t Block ‘Big Oil’ Lawsuit

The Associated Press reports that “a state judge in Baton Rouge ruled Monday that Louisiana’s Legislature missed its mark when it passed a bill seeking to halt a south Louisiana flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies over coastal damage.”  

“The legislation prohibits state agencies and local governments from pursuing such suits. But state District Judge Janice Clark said the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is neither a state agency nor a local government.”  

“Clark also said that she is likely to rule that the law violates the Louisiana Constitution’s separation of powers, but she did not issue a final ruling on the constitutional issues.”

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