I’ll never forget the first time we met with policyholder lawyers after Nowdy and I established Slabbed. One of the things that made that first meet and greet fun for me was the fact the gang of Louisiana based lawyers looked over the state line into Mississippi with a bit of envy for their counterparts here on the coast. It initially puzzled me because to that point the bigger dollar verdicts were coming from the Louisiana Eastern District Federal Courts. When I inquired why that was the response was telling:
Shakespeare coined the phrase and it applies as my excitement with the new Slabbed is tempered by the fact I’ll be here without my partner-in-blog for the past 3 years Nowdy, at least for the time being.
In making the jump to the new site I set a redirector on the old site which sends all Slabbed traffic here. Because of the timing of the jump to Slabbed.Org, Nowdy was unable to say a proper goodbye and I regret to say that post was coming whether or not we moved. Earlier tonight I disabled the site redirector so that Nowdy’s farewell for now post could appear first on the website she loved and devoted so much time and energy towards making a success. I use the words “could appear first” because Nowdy has agreed to move all her posts over to the new site and each of her posts, including her last, will appear on these pages shortly after I set the redirector back. As I said earlier this week I remain forever grateful for her help on the blog and her dedication to the people of the Gulf Coast. Continue reading “"Parting is such sweet sorrow". Thanks Nowdy for the memories…”
‘Gate’s insightful comment today on the Veolia Transportation contract can be found here. Rich Rainey’s story for the Times Picayune on this can be found here. Here is a lengthy excerpt from ‘Gate’s comment on the old Mamoulides post I made sticky today:
Folks early indications are with the GOP in charge of the House FEMA’s name will be changed to FEMA, Inc. with the NFIP expected to get a similar name change.
Regarding the proposed actuarially sound rates mentioned in Maria Recio’s article on the topic, I wonder if those rates include the wind damage amounts private insurers dumped on the program after every Hurricane? I suspect it does.
I think everyone that buys flood insurance should get ready to grab yer ankles because I’m perceiving another taxpayer-funded giveaway to unregulated global insurance companies.
I’ll try to get the story behind the story on Judge Senter’s retirement mid-case in Ex Rel Rigsby but the early speculation centers on his health. Here on Slabbed, Senter has been both praised and criticised but he is also well-respected. We’ve been covering judges in this area for over 3 years now and without doubt Judge Senter is one of the best in terms of his understanding and application of the law. He will be missed.
We had lots of pages on the old site devoted to certain civil and criminal cases we’ve followed and/or covered through time. Evidently the crowded masthead caused some of the Slabbed Nation to miss the two pages that better explain the genesis of this blog in the story of my Katrina experience and a few pictures of the aftermath. These pages are Slabbed originals from back before there even was a blog and will remain a fixture here while we transition. That said I may bring the legal archives over when a get a spare minute but in a different page structure that does not result in an overly crowded masthead.
I do not write much about myself but for those of you that are curious (and evidently there are several of you folks based on yesterday’s site traffic) I have another post that explains a bit more about my roots here.
There is an aura of myth that surrounds Lady Justice, who is pictured standing tall with the balanced scales of justice in her hands. She is blindfolded to assure impartiality and fairness. But if she read the decision about the death row inmate from New Orleans that was handled down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, one could only wonder whether she dropped her scales, pulled off her blindfold, and wept.
A quick update from the transition team. You’ll notice new sharing widgets below each post and a new plug-in that allows our commenters to self edit their comments. That plug-in may not be long for the world though as I’m seriously considering moving the entire comment platform to Disqus.
I like to tinker so let me know what features you like and those you don’t as I tweak and make adjustments here on the new site.