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  • By: Steven Boutwell By the Data Security & Privacy Team Adding publicity to the recent string of security breaches, Gemalto's Breach Level Index released information on October 9, 2018 stating that for the first half of 2018, approximately 291 records were stolen or exposed every single second.[1] Gemalto estimates that 945 data breaches led to the release of... Continue Reading...
  • By: Louis Grossman On January 9, 2018, a split panel of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an order from the district court, denying a motion to remand a matter removed under the Class Action Fairness Act ("CAFA"). The 2-1 decision In Warren Lester, et. al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et. al., No. 14-31383, __F3d___... Continue Reading...
  • By: Steven Boutwell 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, 2016 due to historic... Continue Reading...
  • 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 be suspended throughout... Continue Reading...
  • By: Linda Clark and Edward Warner On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notice of proposed rules that would fundamentally change the way certain businesses contract with consumers. Among other actions, the proposed rule would eliminate class action waivers from pre-dispute arbitration clauses and agreements for certain businesses. The announcement of the proposed rule was... Continue Reading...
  • By: Brian Carnie The wait is over (for better or worse) – the DOL has released its final rule concerning changes to the salary requirements to be exempt from the overtime pay requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the final rule, the DOL has increased the minimum salary threshold that must be paid in order... Continue Reading...
  • By: Steven Boutwell The Medicare laws have undergone significant changes. With the relatively new reporting regulations and the focus on compliance, litigators must implement new procedures in their practice. Many companies are establishing guidelines to obtain information needed to comply with the Medicare Secondary Payer Act ("MSP") and the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 ("MMSEA").... Continue Reading...
  • By: Mark Mese The purpose of this post is to provide insureds with general information that will assist them in recognizing important facts and issues related to insurance coverage of environmental disasters. The primary areas addressed include (1) understanding the general types of potential insurance coverage; (2) recognizing environmental disasters; (3) deciding what to do once an environmental... Continue Reading...
  • By: Todd Rossi and Mark Mese Almost everyone knows insurance policies provide a defense and indemnity for insureds, if the terms and conditions of the insurance policy are met. Insureds include named insureds, other insureds (as defined by the policy) or additional insureds as provided by endorsement. However, insurance policies may also provide payment and defense to others who are not... Continue Reading...
  • By: Deborah Juneau The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals ("DHH") has settled a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving Long Term Personal Care Services ("LT-PCS"). The class action is pending in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. The presiding federal judge has issued preliminary approval of the settlement. A final approval... Continue Reading...