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  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana Suspends Legal Delays Due to Flooding By Brittany Buckley Salup Chief Judge Brian Jackson issued an “Omnibus Order Suspending All Deadlines” for cases pending or to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.  The Order explains that the court has been inaccessible—a key term in the Federal Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure—since August 12, [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • The Flood of 2016: Governor Edwards Amends Executive Order Suspending Running of Prescription, Peremption, and Legal Delays By Claire Juneau On August 17, 2016, Governor Edwards amended Executive Order JBE 2016-57 which had suspended the running of prescription, peremption, and all legal delays from August 12, 2016 until September 9, 2016. The amendment to Executive Order JBE 2016-57 modifies the suspension of deadlines as follows: Liberative prescription and peremptive periods continue to [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Louisiana Rejects Negligent Spoliation of Evidence as a Tort Claim By J. Eric Lockridge The Louisiana Supreme Court recently determined that there is no tort liability for negligent spoliation of evidence.  “Regardless of any alleged source of the duty, whether general or specific, public policy in our state precludes the existence of a duty to preserve evidence.  Thus, there is no tort.”  Reynolds v. Bordelon, [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Recent Developments in E-Discovery in Louisiana By Katie D. Bell Electronic Discovery, or “E-Discovery”, is not considered the “novel issue” it once was. However, E-Discovery still presents problems that litigants and courts struggle with. Below is a summary of recent Louisiana Federal Court opinions dealing with the issues surrounding E-Discovery. In Frees, Inc. v. McMillian, 2007 WL 184889 (W.D. La. Jan. [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Professional Liability Claims Against Louisiana Certified Public Accountants By Charles S. McCowan, Jr. In 1997, the Louisiana Legislature adopted a claims review panel procedure involving “claims” against certified public accountants and firms.  “Claims” as contemplated by the Act are broadly defined as: (1) "Claim" means any cause of action against a certified public accountant or firm, regardless of the legal basis of the [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Duties and Responsibilities of the State Board of Certified Accountants of Louisiana By Charles S. McCowan, Jr. The declared purpose of the Louisiana Accountancy Law, is to promote the reliability of information that is used for guidance in financial transactions or for accounting for or assessing the financial status of private and public clients. To that end, the Louisiana Legislature has decided that it is in the [...] Continue Reading... ....
  • Regulation and Liability of Accountants Pursuant to Louisiana Law By Charles S. McCowan, Jr. This is the first of a three-part series related to Louisiana law and regulations pertaining to the accounting profession. This part focuses on the historical licensing and regulation of the profession by the State of Louisiana. The Louisiana statutes and regulations governing accountants have become much more sophisticated and comprehensive [...] Continue Reading... ....