Independent Investigative Journalism and Commentary from New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Forget SunBlock....the city is trying to sue their way into the shade:
STATEMENT FROM MARK LEWIS, PRESIDENT, LOUISIANA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL ISSUED ON 8/4, 11:30 a.m.:
The City of New Orleans filed suit against the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) and several of its associate members yesterday, seeking a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief related to the City of New Orleans/LTC email recovery project. Despite the City's suggestions to the contrary, neither the LTC nor its advisors ever violated their obligation to hold the City's email data in confidence, except in response to a federal subpoena. Moreover, as the City has confirmed, all data has been returned to the City; thus the suggestion of some future breach of confidence is baseless. To be clear, we believe that the lawsuit has no basis in fact or law. In fact, the Court denied the City's request for a Temporary Restraining Order against the LTC, and has set a hearing on the request for preliminary injunction on or about August 13. The LTC will vigorously defend this lawsuit, and expects to litigate this matter fully with the City of New Orleans. The LTC had hoped that its recent meeting with the City would have brought this relationship to an amicable conclusion, but it appears that the City insists on pursuing an adversarial course of action.
Now what is in that email data that has our bald leader's panties in such a wad? Let's not forget that the data is, by definition, public record. So the city is suing LTC based on a confidentiality agreement to keep public record from the public. How much is that costing us in litigation?
Hey...does Australia have extradition? I'm betting my ass Nagin is headed there to hide out with Blakely the moment his term ends. I know the country was populated by criminals so it's an apt escape route.