Articles by Michael Kunzelman

Owners Settle with Louisiana Sheriff, Deputy Over Killing of Dog

The owners of a dog that was shot and killed by a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy will receive $75,000 in a settlement of their lawsuit against a sheriff who has had legal troubles. The settlement isn’t an “admission of liability” by …

Company Wants Appeals Court to Lift Halt in Louisiana Oil Pipeline Work

A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana has asked a federal appeals court to lift a judge’s order that temporarily halts pipeline construction work in a swamp. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of …

Lawyer: 13-Year-Old Oil Leak Off Louisiana Coast a ‘Long-Term Problem’

A 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a “long-term problem” without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast, a government lawyer recently told a federal judge. Up to 16 …

Company Wants More Time to Settle Suit Over 13-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf

A New Orleans-based company that has failed to stop a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is asking for more time to negotiate a settlement that could allow it to recover millions of dollars it set aside for …

Why the Number of Coastal Homeowners with Flood Insurance Has Been Shrinking

Amanda Spartz nearly did not renew her home’s flood insurance policy after her first year in Florida. Two hurricanes came close to the Fort Lauderdale suburbs last year, but they didn’t hit and her home isn’t in a high-risk flood …

Judge Won’t Toss Bias Claims Over Louisiana Salon Inspections

A federal judge on has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Louisiana state regulators of racially discriminating against a group of Vietnamese-American nail salon owners. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson’s ruling clears the way for a jury trial next …

As Louisiana Surveys Flood Damage, Death Toll Rises

As waters receded in parts of Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge, some residents returned to their flood-damaged homes on Aug. 16 for the first time and found a soggy mess. David Key used a small boat to get to …

6 Dead, Tens of Thousands Evacuated in Louisiana Flooding

Emergency crews worked through the night to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents from homes and stranded cars as deadly flooding continued to inundate large swaths of the region Sunday, three days after rain-swollen water levels began rapidly rising. From …

Louisiana Judge Awards $50K in Sorrento Police Chief Sex Assault Case

A federal judge has awarded $50,000 in damages to a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty. U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick ruled …

Baton Rouge Police Sued by ACLU, Other Groups over Protests

Civil rights groups and activists sued Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies over their treatment of protesters rallying against the police shooting death of a black man, saying officers used excessive force and physically and verbally abused peaceful demonstrators. The lawsuit, …