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READ YOUR INSURANCE POLICIES! New Fifth Circuit Case Means You Might Be Required to Litigate Coverage in Another State

On March 9, 2018, the Fifth Circuit held that Louisiana law does not void a mandatory New York forum clause in a policy issued to a Louisiana policyholder covering property located in Louisiana.

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The Danger of Employee Misclassification and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “TCJA” has raised numerous questions for employers, ranging from how to adjust employee withholding to how to take advantage of the new pass-through deduction. The...

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U.S. Fifth Circuit Refines and Simplifies Test to Determine Whether Contract Involving Oil and Gas Activities is a Maritime Contract

On January 8, 2018, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an en banc decision “to adopt a simpler, more straightforward test” to determine “whether a contract for performance of...

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The Use of Testamentary Trusts to Carry Out Your Wishes

PART II of Effective Estate Planning for Married Couples

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Laissez Les Competition Rouler: How Louisiana’s Non-Compete Statute Can Lead to Challenges for Employers and Employees in Other Jurisdictions

A non-compete agreement is an agreement between an employee and the employer in which the employee agrees not to work for a competitor for a specific period immediately after leaving the current...

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Expiring Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions…Oh My!

A large percentage of residents throughout Florida reside within communities that are subject to covenants, conditions, and restrictions that are usually enforced through a home owner’s...

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Why Your Hurricane Preparation Plan Should Include a Force Majeure Review

As one of the costliest hurricane seasons on record comes to an end, the Gulf Coast is reminded of the importance of assessing vulnerabilities and allocating risks before an event occurs. Along...

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Plaintiffs’ Attorneys “Discover” the Fair Labor Standards Act

Although enacted into law in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) was for many years something of an afterthought in employment law. In mid-century, the National Labor Relations Act, with...

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Louisiana Court Weighs In on Liability for Inadvertent Data Breach by an Employer

What do Yahoo, Equifax, Target, Home Depot, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the Democratic National Committee all have in common? Answer: they have all been the targets of recent, successful, and highly...

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Effective Estate Planning for Louisiana Married Couples

Estate planning is anticipating and arranging for the disposal of your estate during your lifetime. The objective is to provide for the orderly transfer of wealth in line with your personal...

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