Please read the following letter from Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove concerning the Governors request for coastal parishes to sue oil companies. Note that both Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes are represented in this letter to the Governor.
Attached please find a copy of our letter to the Governor in response to the request for Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes to sue the oil companies or the State of Louisiana suing on behalf of Terrebonne and Lafourche as per the Governor’s request by letter.
This is definitely not in the best interest for Terrebonne to sue while other lawsuits are making their way thru the judicial system. Jefferson Parish’s lawsuit was dismissed and the SLFPA-E lawsuit was dismissed and in currently in the appeal process. This lawsuit would devastate our economy. The Louisiana Supreme Court will make the ultimate decision and set precedence with these other cases. Also under La. R.S. 49:214.36 E, the Court in its discretion may award costs and reasonable attorney’s fees to the prevailing party. (This could cost parishes millions of dollars.) Also these lawsuits are in no way a “slam dunk” and will be years in litigation.
Please carefully read what is enclosed. Let me know if you have any questions.
Gordon E. Dove