Calling the lawsuit filed by Louisiana Oil & Gas Association president Don Briggs “frivolous,” 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark confirmed that Louisiana Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell does have constitutional authority to approve any and all resolutions for lawsuits brought by political subdivisions in the state of Louisiana. Just as Attorney General Caldwell has insisted all along, Judge Clark ruled Caldwell did indeed follow Louisiana statutes in approving the form of last year’s resolution brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies. SLFPAE is suing the energy companies to force them to correct decades of environmental damage to Louisiana's coastline, damage the companies had agreed to repair as part of their drilling permits.

Says Attorney General Caldwell, “I am pleased that the court followed the clear letter of the law and ruled that our office correctly followed the rules and procedures, particularly regarding our approval of the levee board’s resolution to hire attorneys.

“Additionally, the court ruled that the Attorney General has clear authority to hire outside counsel to pursue and protect the interests of the people of Louisiana.”

Coming soon, the attorney's general office seeks to provide a mechanism by which to take online payments for collections.