PPG sues attorney who spearheaded embarrassing losses

Robert Barnett did nothing but lose for the Plaquemines Parish Government, and now PPG wants its money back.

On May 13 PPG filed a petition for damages in 25th Judicial District Court Division A alleging that Barnett, a contract attorney, gave late Parish President Amos Cormier Jr. and later interim Parish President Ed Theriot and the Parish Council bad legal advice which led the parish to file four ill-advised lawsuits against former parish officials. The resulting cascade of courtroom defeats in 25th JDC and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has, thus far, led to judgments awarding defendants more than $150,000 in sanctions and costs. Sanctions the PPG has yet to pay because a court cannot compel a political entity to budget and pay a court judgment.

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