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Contract Dispute Resolution in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana, like many other states, has very specific requirements that the judicial branch uses to help interpret contracts when the parties are in dispute. Generally, the court likes to stay out of contracts because the right to contract without interference from the government is something that the American society greatly cherishes. The […]

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Summary Judgment Summarily Dismissed by Third Circuit in Vehicle Accident Case

A summary judgment is rendered when a trial court decides that there are no genuine issues of material fact that need to be determined. “Manifestly erroneous” is the high standard under which summary judgments are reversed on appeal. Summary judgments are cheaper and less time consuming than full blown trials; they are a means toward […]

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Happy Holidays from the Berniard Law Firm

On behalf of the Berniard Law Firm, we hope that all of our friends and followers have had a relaxing and restful holiday. Posting will resume on Tuesday

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A Happy Holidays to All Friends of the Berniard Law Firm

The Berniard Law Firm would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Regular posting will resume in 2012! Have a happy, and SAFE, holiday season!

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No Attorney’s Fees for Derry Man After Insurance Dispute

When one is successful on a claim against an insurance company the payment of the claim is expected to be prompt. Any delay in payment could result in the court imposing a penalty against the insurance company. In most, if not all, cases this penalty takes the form of court costs and attorney’s fees. But […]

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Nuances of Insurance Policies Crucial When Pursuing Coverage

When litigation involves multiple parties, all of which are big national or international organizations, there is a higher likelihood that something is going to end up in the litigation process. The unfortunate nature of insurance coverage is that companies will try to find little nuances to try to argue their case, or will add little […]

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The Importance of Defining Terms in a Contract

The terms in a contractual agreement between parties can have the effect of changing entire meanings of contracts. This is especially true in more complex litigation and more complex business agreements. If a business agreement requires the participation of multiple partners or parties, an ambiguously defined contract can have the effect of increasing the amount […]

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Keeping Up with Your Louisiana Home’s Construction Defects (Part II) – Understanding Statutes

As previously discussed in Part I, the case of Charles Ebinger, et ux. v. Venus Construction Corporation, et al. focuses on the time period in which a claim for damages can be brought against a contractor and the time period in which a contractor may bring an indemnifying action against a subcontractor. This Part, however, […]

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Handling Faulty Home Construction Defects in Louisiana

Being able to be involved in the design and building of a new home can be an exciting experience. But there is nothing more special than seeing the home’s construction completed and fully furnished. After all of this, there can be nothing more upsetting than the discovery that the new home has building defects. Imagine […]

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Louisiana Supreme Court Settles Circuit Dispute Over Insurance Policy Renewal Issue

In a prior post, we reviewed the Johnson v. Louisiana Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. case. The case concerned the undelivered notice from Farm Bureau to Janice Johnson that the company would not renew her homeowner’s insurance policy. The case centered around the state law that requires notice of the intent not to renew: “An […]

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