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Governor Signs Louisiana Bills Shielding Businesses from Virus Lawsuits

Louisiana businesses are receiving state protection from most lawsuits involving COVID-19 deaths or injuries, after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a package of measures that provides the sweeping liability limitations. Three Republican-sponsored bills offering the lawsuit shields won …

Louisiana Lawmakers Block Bill Allowing Lawsuits Against Officers

A Louisiana lawmaker’s effort to eliminate police officers’ wide immunity from lawsuits and allow people injured by law enforcement to sue for damages in civil court was shelved by Republicans on a state House committee. The House civil law committee …

Louisiana Lawmakers OK Bills to Limit Virus Lawsuits Against Businesses

Louisiana lawmakers want to give protections from most lawsuits for coronavirus deaths and injuries to businesses that never closed during the outbreak and those that are newly reopening. The Republican-led bills by Sen. Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Sen. Patrick McMath …

Bid to Force Interruption Insurance to Cover Virus Pulled from Louisiana Bill

Louisiana lawmakers won’t try to force business interruption insurance policies to cover the widespread closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican, shelved the proposal amid concerns it could crater the state’s insurance industry and …

Auto Insurance Reform, Minimum Wage Hike on Louisiana Governor’s Legislative Agenda

Gov. John Bel Edwards said on March 2 that he would renew his fight to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage in the upcoming legislative session, but he offered little insight into whether he would agree to Republican demands to rewrite the …

Louisiana Small Business Protection Act Now in Effect

Louisiana’s Small Business Protection Act (SBPA), passed in the 2019 Legislative Session and effective as of Feb. 1, aims to help make small business owners aware of proposed regulations that could negatively impact their business entities, according to Secretary of …

New Louisiana Rules for Self-Driving Trucks Effective Aug. 1

As companies work to design fleets of commercial trucks that won’t need a human in the driver’s seat, Louisiana lawmakers have written rules of the road that self-driving vehicles will need to follow to truck commerce across the state. Though …

New Louisiana Law Aims to Protect Policyholder Choice of Auto Repair Shop

A new law in Louisiana aims to ensure that auto insurance policyholders have the option to choose a particular motor vehicle repair shop. Under Act 317 (House Bill 411), which has been signed by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, insurers are …

Louisiana Senate Passes Statewide Rules for Ride-Hailing Services

Efforts to enact statewide Louisiana regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, aimed at expanding the services’ availability around the state, won passage Saturday in the Senate, after two years of stalling there. Continued pressure from lawmakers in …

Louisiana Lawmakers Pushing Restrictions on Food Labels

Louisiana’s lawmakers are on a labeling binge this year, pushing ahead with food classification restrictions on milk, rice, meat, sugar, shrimp and crawfish as they try to assist the state’s agricultural industries. The protectionist measures are provoking ridicule on social …