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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Jindal Signs Bill to Kill Big Oil Suit


Gov. Bobby Jindal's concerns about a bill that would kill a New Orleans levee board's lawsuit against Big Oil didn't last into the weekend. Going against the objections from the state Attorney General and other legal experts, the gov signed SB 469 into law Friday. Jindal's ink paves the way to end the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East's unprecedented lawsuit, which the governor called "frivolous."

 

“This bill will help stop frivolous lawsuits and create a more fair and predictable legal environment, and I am proud to sign it into law," Jindal said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

 

The massive lawsuit is seeking payments from 97 oil and gas companies for decades of environmental damages caused by industry drilling and infrastructure construction. The Authority says it needs money to fund operations.

 

In Baton Rouge this spring, a group of state legislators led an effort to kill the lawsuit in the legislature. The final bill, authored by Sen. Bret Allain, excludes local levee authorities from bringing legal claims under the Coastal Zone Management Act.  As a result of the bill, only parishes and the state can bring legal action. Both the state House of Representatives and Senate passed the bill last week.

 

Having passed the legislature last week, Jindal appeared set to sign the bill Monday. But during a signing ceremony, the gov announced that he wanted to give Attorney General Buddy Caldwell more time to study the bill out of an "abundance of caution" over the bill's potential to interfere with the rights of people to bring legal claims against BP for Deepwater Horizon oil disaster damages.

 

Caldwell advised the governor to veto the bill, saying the language was "vaguely broad" in the way that it limited entities from bringing legal action.

 

"In the coming year, perhaps the proponents of the bill can tailor legislation more narrowly drawn which does not portend such a vague and broad attack on the abilities of the state and, most importantly, local government entities, to protect their citizens," Caldwell wrote.

 

Meanwhile, Loyola University law professor sent a memorandum to Jindal urging a veto of the bill, which also criticized the bill's sweeping and vague language. As of Friday morning, 88 legal experts signed onto the memorandum, according to Verchick.

 

Jindal's lawyers swiftly announced that they disagreed with Caldwell's assessment, leading to the governor's signature Friday. In a memo issued by the governor Friday, Jindal Executive Counsel Thomas Enright wrote that the bill does not affect Deepwater Horizon claims because the explosion and oil disaster occurred offshore rather than in the Coastal Zone. He then lays out reasons that the bill does not affect state or parish legal claims.

 

Jindal's signature brought a swift rebuke from the Gulf Restoration Network.

 

"Not only has (Jindal) refused to ask the oil and gas industry to live up to their legal obligations, or contribute to coastal restoration in any meaningful way, he has actively blocked others from simply enforcing the law," said GRN Campaign Director Steve Murchie.

 

Meanwhile, the oil industry celebrated. In a statement released by the governor's office, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association president Don Briggs called the end of the lawsuit a "huge victory" for the industry.




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