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Mar 11, 2014 11:15 PM by Erin Steuber

LOGA Fighting Back

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, LOGA, is fighting a legal setback. Monday, a judge ruled that Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East can hire private attorneys to sue nearly 100 oil and gas companies over damage to the coast after the crude disaster. LOGA argued, because the levee board is a state agency, the attorney general should serve as legal counsel. The judge's ruling signaled the court recognizes the levee board as a political subdivision like a parish and has the authority to hire outside attorneys, said Lori Mince, who represented the levee board.

LOGA is now launching a grassroots campaign against the decision and some think it's a decision that could affect a big business.

Since the crude disaster, the Louisiana oil and gas industry has faced an uphill climb.

"You know we now have over 386, probably 400, of these types of lawsuits. Texas has 0. We're seeing investment and jobs and drilling activity in Louisiana going away," said LOGA Vice President Gifford Briggs.

He thinks the decision will only benefit trial attorneys, that's why LOGA want to "Give 'Em the Boot."

"These types of abusive lawsuits by a few greedy trial lawyers are driving investment down. We had record low drilling activity and rig count last year. If we don't do something, the exploration and production industry won't exist any longer in Louisiana," said Briggs.

In response, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued this statement:

"I never made the decision to sue oil & gas companies on behalf of the levee board. All this office did was to make sure their procedure was lawful and to ensure their chosen law firm was in good standing with the State of Louisiana.That's it."

"The Attorney General is supposed to represent the best interest of the state. Going after one lawsuit, suing 97 oil and gas companies, is not necessarily consistent with what's in the best interest of the state," said Briggs.

LOGA plans to appeal the judges decision. As for the "Give 'Em the Boot" campaign, LOGA will be making stops throughout Acadiana the rest of the week.

WEDNESDAY, MAR 12TH, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Crowley
Rice Palace
2015 North Cherokee Drive
Crowley, LA

THURSDAY, MAR 13TH, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lafayette
Lafayette Petroleum Club
111 Heymann Blvd
Lafayette, LA

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Lafayette
Lafayette Petroleum Club
111 Heymann Blvd
Lafayette, LA

FRIDAY, MAR 14TH, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Morgan City
Petroleum Club
500 Roderick Street
Morgan City, LA

MONDAY, MAR 17TH, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Houma
Courtyard Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, LA

WEDNESDAY, MAR 19TH, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Broussard
Comfort Inn
146 Heritage Parkway
Broussard, LA

FRIDAY, MAR 21ST, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lake Charles
LaQuinta Inn
1201 West Prien Lake Road
Lake Charles, LA

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