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Law firms ask court to force Plaquemines to pay its share of $45 million BP settlement

Plaquemines, BP settle for $45 million in 2010 oil spill

A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand its share of the settlement, which it says is $6.4 million. Plaquemines Parish officials responded with a request that the demand be transferred to a state court in the parish, but on Monday asked the federal judge … ( continue reading )
A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand […]

Law firms ask court to force Plaquemines to pay its share of $45 million BP settlement

A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand its share of the settlement, which it says is $6.4 million. Plaquemines Parish officials responded with a request that the demand be transferred to a state court in the parish, but on Monday asked the federal judge … ( continue reading )
A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand […]

Law firms ask court to force Plaquemines to pay its share of $45 million BP settlement


A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand its share of the settlement, which it says is $6.4 million. Plaquemines Parish officials responded with a request that the demand be transferred to a state court in the parish, but on Monday asked the federal judge … ( continue reading )
A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand […]

Michelle Singletary: The cost of racism


Todd Kirkland, Associated Press

People gather at the King Center after a march by anti-racism demonstrators which started in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Protests took place across the country Saturday to denounce white supremacists in the wake of the fatal car attack a week earlier in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Racism has taken a toll on our society in many ways. One of its costs has been the lost economic mobility of generations of minorities.I nearly lost mine.Like so many, I watched the horridness that was on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, including the twisted, […]

Law firms ask court to force Plaquemines to pay its share of $45 million BP settlement


A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand its share of the settlement, which it says is $6.4 million. Plaquemines Parish officials responded with a request that the demand be transferred to a state court in the parish, but on Monday asked the federal judge … ( continue reading )
A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand […]

Violent Crime’s Toll on Economic Mobility


The sad fact is that American kids today may be the first generation who do not eclipse their parents’ economic status. In fact, Americans occupy two separate worlds when it comes to moving up the economic ladder. A small minority of us, anywhere from a fifth to a third who come from advantaged backgrounds, can expect economic mobility on par with any advanced nation. But, tragically, anywhere from two-thirds to 80 percent of Americans who are in less advantaged situations will see their economic prospects be as limited as those in the developing world. And it’s not just our […]

Law firm asks court to force Plaquemines to pay its share of $45 million BP settlement

Plaquemines, BP settle for $45 million in 2010 oil spill

A New Orleans law firm that represented Plaquemines Parish in its $45 million Deepwater Horizon oil spill damages settlement with BP has gone to federal court to demand its share of the settlement, which it says is $6.4 million. Plaquemines Parish officials responded with a request that the demand be transferred to a state court in the parish, but on Monday asked the federal judge to delay a hearing on the case indefinitely as both sides discuss a settlement.

The Plaquemines Parish Council unanimously voted in April 2011 to hire the New Orleans law firm of Martzell & Bickford and […]

We Love HGTV — But It Doesn’t Address This Growing Economic Inequality


When you think about it, HGTV’s widespread popularity among everyone — from Millennials to conservative Christians — isn’t actually all that surprising. With smash-hit shows like “House Hunters” and “Fixer Upper,” the channel feels like a blissed-out collage of pristine farmhouse sinks and eye-popping down-payments — an ode to the promise of inevitable upward mobility and property ownership. After all, owning a home has always been a central element of the American Dream — the belief that each generation can achieve a little more than the one that came before it (and with a more luxurious open-floor plan, of […]

Considering New Solution to Global Income Inequality

Image: Iker Velasquez Holds US Flag in Washington on May 18th. Source: The Associated Press.

Global income inequality has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. The gap between the world’s haves and have-nots is increasing; the persistent disadvantage that some individuals face violates the fundamental intuitions of fairness and justice.

High and sustained levels of inequality, especially inequality of opportunity, can significantly undermine individuals’ ability to achieve their potential and contribute to global development. Global instability, in the form of economic turmoil, natural disaster, and war, also disproportionately impacts individuals in developed countries and contributes to global inequality. Modified immigration policies, or even temporary work programs, would do more to reduce global inequality […]

We Love HGTV — But It Doesn’t Address This Growing Economic Inequality


With smash-hit shows like "House Hunters" and "Fixer Upper," the channel feels like a blissed-out collage of pristine farmhouse sinks and eye-popping down-payments — an ode to the promise of inevitable upward mobility and property ownership. After all, owning a home has always been a central element of the American Dream — the belief that each generation can achieve a little more than the one that came before it (and with a more luxurious open-floor plan, of course).

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But if HGTV taps into a deeply aspirational part of the American identity, regardless of political or religious difference, it also breezes […]