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By Ben Jumonville A decision handed down by Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal on February 21, 2019, is the first reported case to examine the remedy granted to oppressed shareholders by the Louisiana Business Corporation Act (LBCA), which became effective in 2015. The LBCA introduced in Louisiana a version of what is known as the “oppression remedy,” which entitles a shareholder to withdraw from the corporation and force it to buy all of their…
By: G. Trippe Hawthorne and Beau Bourgeois On April 23, 2019, by a vote of 94-0, House Bill 273, which is an overall update and revision to Louisiana’s Contractor’s Licensing Law, passed out of the Louisiana House of Representatives.  The reengrossed version of the bill, including amendments made in the House Committee on Commerce and  those made on the House Floor is available here. The bill was introduced and read in the Senate on…
By: G. Trippe Hawthorne On May 8, 2019, by a vote of 91-0, House Bill 203, which is an overall update and revision to Louisiana’s Private Works Act, passed out of the Louisiana House of Representatives.  The reengrossed version of the bill, including amendments made in the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and  those made on the House Floor is available here. The bill was introduced and read in the Senate on May…
By A. Edward Hardin, Jr. As was previously reported, in March, a Federal District Judge in Washington D.C. lifted a stay on the EEOC’s collection of pay data (known as “Component 2” data) from employers with EEO-1 reporting obligations.  The EEOC has now spoken regarding its collection of Component 2 data and stated that covered employers will be required to submit Component 2 data for both calendar years 2017 and 2018 by September 30, 2019. …
  By Tyler Moore Kostal Over the past few years, Energy Intelligence Group (“EIG”) – the New York and London-based publisher of 15 newsletters for the oil and gas industry – has sued more than a dozen energy companies and investment houses, alleging violations of federal copyright law.  The alleged violations result from buying subscriptions to its publications (sent by email) and sharing with nonsubscribers in the office via email distribution.  EIG has reached confidential…
By Daniel Stanton Among the various duties that Jones Act employers are charged with is the duty to provide its seamen with reasonable medical care.  In a recent decision from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Randle v. Crosby Tugs, L.L.C., the Court considered the extent of this duty and how it may be satisfied.  The plaintiff was employed by Crosby aboard its vessel, the M/V DELTA FORCE.  While the plaintiff was loading aboard…
By Kyle P. Polozola The Louisiana Risk Fee Act (La. R.S. 30:10) continues to be a big headache for operators.  The Louisiana Legislature revised the Act significantly in 2012, adding alternate and cross unit wells to the category of wells to which the statute applies, but also imposed new obligations on drilling owners during the recovery period.  These new obligations include making drilling owners responsible for paying the burdens owed by non-consenting owners to the…
By: Matthew C. Meiners The Louisiana Construction Anti-Indemnity Act (La. R.S. 9:2780.1) generally renders null, void and unenforceable any provision in a construction contract (defined broadly to include design, construction, alteration, renovation, repair, and maintenance) which either: (1) purports to indemnify, defend, or hold harmless, or has the effect of indemnifying, defending, or holding harmless, the indemnitee against the negligence or intentional acts or omissions of the indemnitee, an agent or employee of the indemnitee, or…
By A. Edward Hardin, Jr. Most private employers with 100 or more employees are required to submit an annual EEO-1 report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding the number of workers employed in different categories, broken down by race, sex, and ethnicity.  The Obama administration proposed adding pay data to the required report, as a means of quantifying pay disparities.  The collection of pay data was initially approved by the Office of Management and…
By Blake Crohan In In the Matter of 4-K Marine, No. 18-30348 (5th Cir. Jan. 30, 2019) the U.S. Fifth Circuit held that the owner of a stationary, “innocent” vessel is not entitled to reimbursement of the medical expenses of an employee who fraudulently claimed his preexisting injuries resulted from an allision. In June 2015, the M/V TOMMY, owned and operated by Enterprise Marine, was pushing a flotilla of barges on the Mississippi River when…