Lunch on LOGA

by Patrick Flanagan

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is offering a pretty sweet deal, the only catch is you've gotta sit through their spiel about how "greedy trial lawyers" are killing the industry and forcing companies out of the state with their "frivolous" lawsuits.

The "Let's Give Em the Boot" tour was announced earlier this week in a robo call from LOGA vice-president Gifford Briggs, son of LOGA chief Don Briggs. The tour hits Lafayette on Thursday, with three scheduled sessions at the Petroleum Club, where attendees will be treated to their choice of a free breakfast, lunch or dinner. Making the deal even sweeter, according to Briggs, is the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Cabella's.

The town hall sessions, which LOGA's calling a "grassroots movement," are in response to the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies for damages to our coastline. Briggs' announcement, it's worth noting, came on the same day a Baton Rouge district court judge ruled against a LOGA lawsuit and in favor of Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's approval for the levee board to hire a private law firm on a contingency fee basis, which means they are only paid if the lawsuit succeeds.

Don Briggs has long framed legacy lawsuits as well as the flood board's recent suit against oil companies as "frivolous" and the work of "greedy trial lawyers."

Today's sessions began at 7:30 a.m., and are also scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.