New Orleans News

Rotting Wood Product in Post-Katrina Built Homes May Spark Legal Action

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in …

Louisiana Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds

Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year …

Louisiana Brewer Sued Over Mechahopzilla Beer

The Japanese company that produced the classic series of “Godzilla” movies has sued a New Orleans brewery, claiming the MechaHopzilla beer brand infringes on its copyrights and trademarks. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans by …

Honore Backs Louisiana Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (AHN’-ur-ay) endorsed the lawsuit in a full-page …

8 Years After Katrina, New Orleans on the Rebound

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. “Closed for Storm” signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials …

Louisiana Flood Board Votes to Continue Oil, Gas Lawsuit

A New Orleans-area flood control board has refused to back down from its lawsuit seeking damages from nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal erosion allegedly caused by dredging and digging for canals and pipelines. But the board offered …

Study Points to Post-Katrina Strengths, Challenges in New Orleans

Recovery after Hurricane Katrina has been a major reason for a doubling of construction jobs around New Orleans, a new study shows. That’s one of many positive post-Katrina economic signs as the storm’s eighth anniversary approaches. However, the Greater New …

Sinking Sections of New Orleans Levee Prompt Repair

The Army Corps of Engineers is spending $1.3 million to raise about 4,000 feet of earthen levee in easternmost New Orleans that has subsided so low it wouldn’t be able to withstand a storm surge caused by a so-called 100-year …

5-Year Plan Targets Business Growth in New Orleans

New Orleans officials have unveiled a five-year economic development plan targeting key industries, creating jobs and strengthening the economy through workforce training and support programs for small businesses. The Times-Picayune reports the initiative, called ProsperityNOLA, was developed by a task …

Court Cuts Corps Back Out of New Orleans’ 17th St Canal Lawsuit

A federal appeals court ruling has added a new twist to a complicated legal property rights case along a canal that was breached during Hurricane Katrina, contributing to the floods over most of New Orleans. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court …