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August 26, 2016

On August 23, 2016, the Honorable Helen Ginger Berrigan, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, notified President Barack Obama that effective on that date, having attained the requisite age and met the service requirements for assuming senior status, she retired from active service as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana under 28 U.S.C. § 371(b).


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August 19, 2016


Counsel or Parties who believe that deadlines for filing of any motion in a pending case have been, or will be immediately affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana may be offered relief by the filing of a motion for extension, even if past the filing deadline. Any late-filed request for extension should set forth in detail the circumstances for such late filing.  Click here for the...

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August 12, 2016

In 2016, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules and forms for a comment period from August 12, 2016 through February 15, 2017.

  • Civil Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1
  • Criminal Rules 12.4, 45, and 49
  • Appellate Rules 8, 11, 25, 28.1, 29, 31, 39, 41, and Form 4
  • Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1,...
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August 9, 2016

In an effort to better assist members of the bar, the maximum file size allowed by the Court’s Electronic Case Filing system has been increased from 10 MB to 35 MB per upload.  The increase in file size will save counsel of record and their staff members a great deal of effort by allowing larger yet fewer uploads per filing transaction.

As a reminder, The Court prefers and recommends that all PDF documents filed in...

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July 26, 2016

During 2016, the Louisiana Eastern District Court has transitioned from Corel WordPerfect to Microsoft Word as its standard word processing program. We have taken this step due to the predominant use of Microsoft Word in the U.S. Courts, the legal community, and the agencies we interact with on a regular basis. This action is consistent with a recommendation from the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Information...

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July 26, 2016

On July 18, 2016, in a case originating from the Texas Western District, Sudduth v. Texas Health and Human Services Commission,___ F.3d ___, 2016 WL 3900647 (5th Cir. July 18, 2016), the Fifth Circuit held that a notice of appeal filed through the district court's CM/ECF system...

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