WALTER C. DUMAS AND WALTER C. DUMAS & ASSOCIATES, INC.
STATE OF LOUISIANA, BOARD OF ETHICS, BOB McANELLY CHAIRMAN, DR. LOUIS LEGGIO, VICE-CHAIRMAN, DIANNE MOUTON-ALLEN, L. LAWRENCE BRANDON, JR., CHARLES EMILE "PEPPI" BRUNEAU, JR., EDWARD B. DITTMER, DR. JOHN M. MEINERT, RE
JOSE I. LAVASTIDA, LA KOSHIA R. ROBERTS, AND LIDDELL SMITH
Appealed from the 19th Judicial District Court In and for the
Parish of East Baton Rouge State of Louisiana Case No.
C669226 The Honorable Timothy E. Kelley, Judge Presiding.
J. Turner Gonzales, Louisiana and Ta- Tanisha T. Youngblood
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel for Plaintiffs/Appellants
Walter C. Dumas and Walter C. Dumas & Associates, Inc.
M. Barker David M. Bordelon Baton Rouge, Louisiana Counsel
for Defendant/Appellee Louisiana Board of Ethics.
BEFORE: McDONALD, THERIOT, AND CHUTZ, JJ.
C. Dumas and Walter C. Dumas & Associates, Inc. appeal
the Nineteenth Judicial District Court's judgment
sustaining the peremptory exception of no cause of action
filed by the Louisiana Board of Ethics and dismissing the
petition for absolute nullity of judgment filed by Walter C.
Dumas and Walter C. Dumas & Associates, Inc. with
prejudice. For the following reasons, we affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY 
University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
("Southern University") is a public university
managed by its Board of Supervisors. See La. Const,
art. 8, § 7. The Southern University System Foundation
("Foundation") is a non-profit corporation
established to support and promote Southern University and is
a party to multiple contracts with the university. In an
effort to generate revenue for Southern University's
athletic department, the Foundation and Southern University
entered into a contract authorizing the Foundation to
sublease suites at A.W. Mumford Stadium for Southern
University's home football games and other athletic
events. The Foundation then subleased the suites through a
to the stadium contract, from 2001 through 2009 the
Foundation subleased 50-yard-line stadium suites to Walter
Dumas and Associates, Inc., a law firm owned solely by Dumas
and in which he was its senior attorney. In April 2006, Dumas
became a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation,
and in January 2009, he was appointed to the Board of
payments were made through 2005, then Dumas and the law firm
made no payments during the 2006, 2007, and 2008 football
seasons. The terms of the sublease covered those seasons
beginning July 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2009, and
required a yearly rental payment of $13, 800.00, plus a $96,
600.00 donation to the Foundation, payable over three years.
Dumas alleged that in 2006, for the millions of dollars in
donations to the university for which Dumas was responsible,
Dr. Ralph Slaughter, then president of Southern University,
advised Dumas that he did not have to make the remaining
payments under the sublease.
March 2009, as a member of the Board of Supervisors, Dumas
voted to terminate Dr. Slaughter. In April 2009, Dr.
Slaughter notified the Foundation that the amounts owed under
Dumas' sublease were due and not paid. In June 2009, an
invoice was sent to Dumas and the law firm demanding payment
of $138, 000.00 for the suite. The dispute was resolved in
August 2009, when the Foundation voted to forgive any debt
for suite rentals owed by Dumas or his law firm for 2006,
2007, and 2008.
events were disclosed to the Louisiana Board of Ethics by a
confidential source. In December 2010, charges were filed
alleging violations of the Ethics Code: (1) against Dumas,
for accepting forgiveness of a debt owed by the law firm to
the Foundation, while Dumas was a member of the Board of
Supervisors; and (2) against Dumas and the law firm, because
by subleasing a stadium suite, the law firm had an interest
in the stadium contract between Southern University and the
Foundation, while Dumas, the law firm's sole owner, was a
member of the Board of Supervisors. After a public hearing,
the Ethics Adjudicatory Board ("the Adjudicatory
Board") affirmed the charges and ordered Dumas and the
law firm to pay $138, 000.00 to the Louisiana Board of Ethics
as recovery of an improper economic advantage gained by using
the stadium suite for three years without payment.
and the law firm appealed the Adjudicatory Board's
decision. On November 16, 2017, this court affirmed the
decision of the Adjudicatory Board. See
Louisiana Bd. of Ethics, 236 So.3d at 603.
10, 2018, Dumas and the law firm filed a petition for
absolute nullity of judgment, alleging that the Adjudicatory
Board did not have subject matter jurisdiction. The petition
named as defendants the Louisiana Board of Ethics; Bob
McAnelly, Chairman; Dr. Louis Leggio, Vice Chairman; Dianne
Mouton-Allen; L. Lawrence Brandon, Jr.; Charles Emile
"Peppi" Bruneau, Jr.; Edward B. Dittmer; Dr. John