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  • By: Ross Roubion and Taylor Ashworth In trip and fall litigation, the validity of a plaintiff's claim often turns on whether the condition allegedly causing the fall is a so-called "open and obvious" risk of harm. That is, a risk of harm that is so obvious and discoverable that a reasonable person would have avoided the hazard, and ultimately, the injury.[1]... Continue Reading...
  • By: Katilyn Hollowell In a decision holding that surety bonds are not executory contracts, the Fifth Circuit signaled that courts may in the future utilize the functional approach to determine if multiparty contracts are executory in nature. The case, filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana as In re Falcon V, L.L.C.,... Continue Reading...
  • By: David Whitaker In Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc v. Hewitt, an en banc U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 12-6 ruling last year finding that a highly paid offshore supervisor (who was paid more than $200,000 per year on a day rate basis) was entitled to overtime premium pay because he was not paid on... Continue Reading...
  • By: Ben Jumonville Last month, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") published proposed regulations to implement the Corporate Transparency Act ("CTA"), which was enacted into law on January 1, 2021. The CTA is designed to help prevent the use of anonymous shell companies in money laundering and other illicit activities by requiring U.S. companies to report personally identifiable... Continue Reading...
  • By: Jaye Calhoun and William Kolarik On October 28, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (the "Department") publicly announced a transfer pricing managed audit program in Revenue Information Bulletin No. 21-029 (October 26, 2021). Louisiana's program is similar to managed audit programs recently introduced in other states, such as Indiana and North Carolina. However, unlike some other states, Louisiana's managed audit... Continue Reading...
  • By: R. Devin Ricci and Randy Cangelosi In the United States, name, image, and likeness ("NIL") are the three elements that make up a legal concept known as the right of publicity. The right of publicity is an intellectual property right that protects against the misappropriation of a person's name, likeness, or other forms of personal identity—such as nickname, pseudonym, voice, signature,... Continue Reading...
  • By: Steven Boutwell Effective today, July 1, the NCAA has officially suspended the organization's rules prohibiting athletes from selling the rights to their names, images, and likenesses ("NIL"). Despite the NCAA's longstanding principles that payments to athletes while attending college would undermine amateurism of college athletics, the organization's Division I board of directors decided Wednesday that it would... Continue Reading...
  • By: Michael deBarros and Trippe Hawthorne The practice of engineering is regulated through licensure in all states. Whether and under what conditions a state will allow engineers to practice through limited liability entities ("LLEs") (e.g., corporations, limited liability companies, and limited liability partnerships) varies from state to state: Some states do not regulate engineering LLEs at all. Some states do not... Continue Reading...
  • By: J Eric Lockridge and Katilyn Hollowell The U.S. Supreme Court offered some good news to secured lenders last week, tempered with words of caution. In Chicago v. Fulton, the Court held that a secured creditor does not violate Section 362(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code by merely continuing to hold property of its debtor after that debtor files a bankruptcy petition. The... Continue Reading...
  • By: Ben Jumonville On October 16, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law Senate Bill 33 amending the Louisiana Business Corporation Act (LBCA) in several areas. Remote Shareholder Meetings (La. R.S. 12:1-709) The new law, which became Act No. 3 of the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session, allows for meetings of shareholders to be held solely by means... Continue Reading...