Roundup: The judge speaks / Bill of health / Louisiana sues again

    Rotary: Darrel James Papillion, a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, will speak at the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge on Wednesday afternoon. A founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas & Cullens, Papillon began serving as a federal judge in New Orleans last summer after being nominated by President Joe Biden. The Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at Drusilla Seafood. 

    No bill: Gov. Jeff Landry’s veto of House Bill 423 is proving controversial. The measure would have revised the collateral source doctrine, which allows civil juries to have access to the “sticker price” of medical bills and the amount actually paid by the insurance company. Supporters characterized the bill as a win-win, keeping insurance companies from paying out less while preventing frivolous lawsuits in the name of transparency. But the governor insists it would take money away from responsible people who pay for health insurance, and reward those who don’t pay premiums. The Center Square has the full story.

    Headed to court: Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi this week sued the U.S. government to block a proposed federal rule that would require the offshore oil and gas industry to provide nearly $7 billion in financial assurances to cover costs of dismantling old infrastructure. The rule, which would take effect later this year, will predominantly impact smaller companies that do not have investment grade ratings or sufficient proven oil reserves. Oil majors are more likely to meet the credit criteria or have large reserves. Reuters has the full story.