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English v. Ardoin

Last Updated Feb 2, 2022
Case No. 2021-03538 (La. Civ. Dist. Ct., Parish of Orleans); No. 2021-C-0739 (La. Ct. App., 4th Cir.)
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Case Information

A state court challenge to the congressional maps, based on the anticipated failure of the legislature to draw valid lines, and anticipated subsequent malapportionment. In response to the plaintiffs’ petition, Ardoin filed exceptions of lack of subject matter jurisdiction, improper venue, no cause of action, and no right of action. On Nov. 16, 2021 and again Dec. 16 2021, after second review of the decision, the trial court denied the exceptions. Ardoin filed an appeal from this judgment on [date].

The appellate court reversed the judgment in part, holding that the plaintiffs have a right of action to pursue injunctive relief prohibiting Ardoin from using the present apportionment scheme in future elections, but that the plaintiffs have filed suit in the wrong venue and before they were aggrieved. The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ suit without prejudice to file in the East Baton Rouge Parish.



Case filings, starting with most recent court
    Name Last Modified
Document icon Petition Apr 26, 2021
Supplemental and amended petition [Document not yet available] Jan 1, 1970
SOS's response [Document not yet available] Jan 1, 1970
Order denying exceptions [Document not yet available] Nov 16, 2021
SOS request for review of decision [Document not yet available] Jan 1, 1970
Order again denying exceptions [Document not yet available] Dec 16, 2021
    Name Last Modified
SOS's appeal [Document not yet available] Jan 1, 1970
Document icon Order Feb 2, 2022