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COMMUNITY PROPERTY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Louisiana is one of the few community property states in the U.S.  You might be asking yourself, what does that mean to me?  Briefly, it means that by default, anything acquired during the marriage is presumed to be owned 50/50 between a married couple.  This includes any assets acquired and debts incurred during the marriage.  […]

Gordon James Honored as Louisiana Bar Foundation’s 2022 Distinguished Attorney

Gordon James was honored as the 2002 Distinguished Attorney award winner by the Louisiana Bar Foundation at its annual gala in New Orleans on April 22, 2022. Pictured alongside Gordon are the other awards recipients, Distinguished Professor Dian Tooley-Knoblett of Loyola College of Law, the Calogero Justice Award winner, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney […]

Bankruptcy filings continue to fall

Consumer credit and collections continues to be in a pandemic induced state of limbo as evident from the continued decline in bankruptcy filings in the United States. A blog post by Robert M. Lawless goes through the numbers. Total bankruptcy filings are half of what they were pre-pandemic and are at historic lows. The reasons for […]

Gordon James Honored as “Distinguished Attorney” by Louisiana Bar Foundation

Gordon James has been named this year’s “Distinguished Attorney” by the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Each year the Louisiana Bar Foundation selects one attorney out the state’s nearly 19,000 lawyers to honor for their preeminent legal skills and service to the profession. As his clients, friends, and family know, there is no one more deserving than […]

Landlords sue feds over Eviction Moratorium

Landlords sue feds over eviction moratorium, cite takings clauseThe National Apartment Association sued the federal government recently alleging that the eviction moratorium amounted to a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment. The NAA claims that the moratorium, which the Supreme Court has declared unlawful is a taking that requires just compensation. It appears the NAA is […]

Governor Suspends Legal Deadlines in Wake of Hurricane Ida

On September 6, 2021, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued an amendment to his previous emergency proclamation regarding Hurricane Ida.  Of interest to the legal community, the amended proclamation suspended legal deadlines until September 24, 201.  A link to the original and amended proclamations are provided below. https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/Proclamations/2021/166JBE2021StateofEmergency.pdfhttps://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/HurricaneIda/170JBE2021StateofEmergencyAmendment.pdf

Cryptocurrencies present unique regulatory challenges

High levels of regulatory uncertainty can cripple the growth of new companies in emerging industries. The world of cryptocurrency is an emerging industry and asset class that faces a regulatory landscape that is in a state of flux. Before diving into this area, it is important that traders and companies looking to offer services to […]

Supreme Court, First Circuit Uphold Promissory Note Standing Precedent

The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the precedent that, in suits to enforce a promissory note, the plaintiff who produces the note makes out a prima facie case of its claim to enforce the note. In Consumer Sols., LLC v. Thompson, 309 So. 3d 730, 731 (La. 2021), a creditor-plaintiff produced at trial the original, blank […]

More courts react to the Louisiana Governor’s emergency order

Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeal recently adopted an order suspending all appellate filing deadlines which occur between September 6, 2021, and September 24, 2021. Any party who has a filing deadline which falls between those dates has a new deadline of September 27, 2021.  Oral arguments will remain on schedule. This order follows the […]

Supreme Court Ends Eviction Moratorium

The Supreme Court delivered a lethal blow to the Center for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium in a 6-3 decision issued on August 26, 2021. The decision appears to have ended a long series of national political and legal battles that affected tenants and landlords across the country. Alabama Association of Realtors, et al v. Department […]