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Liberative Prescriptions: Purpose and Importance

In Louisiana, like many other states, there are certain restrictions on the period in which you may bring a lawsuit. There are several practical reasons for these restrictions. First, it is important to restrict the period so that people are not in constant fear of being sued for actions that happened years ago. For example, […]

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Final Decision Important to Appeal in Iberia Parish Insurance Case

The appellate process is somewhat complicated. One of the major confusions is when a party is allowed to appeal. The simple answer is that a party can appeal a judgment after the lower court has rendered a final decision. But, what makes a decision final? Does the decision include the case as a whole or […]

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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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Class Action Rules Difficult to Understand, Important for Successful Litigation

The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 was passed in an effort to prevent class action lawsuit abuse. CAFA changed the practice of class action litigation in state and federal courts. This change was accomplished by CAFA’s jurisdictional alterations in both the diversity and removal components of the traditional framework of class action practice, i.e. […]

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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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U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies Retroactive Renewal of Flood Insurance

Those living in low-lying areas and near rivers often seek, and often obtain, flood insurance. Many of the policies granted come from insurance providers that have opted into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Under this program, property owners are issued flood insurance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The federal government, in an […]

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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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