As the unemployed are faced with jammed phone lines and changing processes at the Louisiana Workforce Commission, New Orleans attorney Wendy Manard saw a need for information and started a Facebook group.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) that the president signed into law March 27 includes a temporary ban on evictions through the end of April for people who cannot afford to pay rent because of the Covid 19 pandemic. People whose landlords have subsidies, such as Section 8 tenants, and people whose landlords have federally-backed mortgages are protected from eviction through July 25.
After New Orleans Attorney John Houghtaling, whose law practice represents a number of high-profile restaurant groups, warned his celebrity chef clients that the insurance industry had decided to stonewall business interruption payouts to restaurants, they formed the Business Interruption Group (BIG) to fight back.
In a hearing before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month, the ACLU and the Civil Rights Corps argued that Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and individual prosecutors in his office should be held accountable for sending victims and witnesses fake subpoenas.