Discrimination Lawsuit Against St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell Delayed Until Next Year, Amid Congressional Run

CLAYTON, Mo. – The much-anticipated discrimination lawsuit trial against St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has been postponed until next year. The trial, which was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, will now take place on January 27, according to St. Louis County Circuit Judge Bruce Hilton. The delay comes after lawyers Jerome Dobson and Gregory Rich, representing Susan Petersen, a former longtime prosecutor who was fired by Bell in October 2019, requested more time. Petersen filed the lawsuit in October 2020, claiming that she worked in the prosecutor’s office for 21 years before … Read more

Debating the Future: Assessing the Effectiveness of Congressional Redistricting Amidst Controversy

RUSTON, La. – The debate over congressional redistricting in Louisiana continues to stir controversy, as the jury is still out on the final remap decisions and their impact on the state. The process of redrawing political boundaries has gained significant attention, with many stakeholders closely watching the outcome. Redistricting occurs every ten years following the release of new census data, aiming to ensure fair representation and equal distribution of electoral power. In Louisiana, this task falls upon the State Legislature, which holds the responsibility of redrawing congressional districts. However, achieving consensus amidst differing political interests … Read more

Holding the Third-Party Litigation Financing Industry Accountable: AdvaMed Urges Congressional Reform to Protect Patients and Innovation

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House Oversight Committee held a hearing on September 13, 2023, to address the concerns surrounding third-party litigation financing. AdvaMed and its members have expressed significant worries about the impact of these financing practices. They argue that third-party speculators, along with the attorneys they fund, are taking advantage of the mass tort litigation system, prioritizing their own financial gain over the well-being of patients, medical device manufacturers, and the general public. By investing substantial amounts into advertising campaigns, these attorneys and financial backers can generate a large number of cases, many … Read more

Louisiana Faces New Lawsuit Over Alleged Racial Gerrymandering in Congressional Redistricting

BATON ROUGE, La. – In response to civil rights activists and a federal judge’s order, state lawmakers successfully redrew Louisiana’s congressional map to include a second black-majority district. The aim was to more accurately represent the state’s black population. However, a new lawsuit has now emerged, challenging the legitimacy of the redistricting process. The plaintiffs claim that lawmakers deliberately manipulated the boundaries to consolidate African American voters into two districts, thereby compromising their voting strength. According to those suing Secretary of State Nancy Landry, this action constitutes racial gerrymandering and a violation of the U.S. … Read more