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June 24, 2020

Opinion: Louisiana Needs Legal Reform

Businesses across Louisiana live in constant fear of lawsuits and those fears have only grown as a result of the COVID pandemic. Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, wrote a recent op-ed that highlights how the fear of COVID lawsuits is just the tip of the iceberg.

 “One area where we can see immediate action is through common-sense legal reform. Around the country, Louisiana is known as the “sue somebody state” and companies avoid doing business here, afraid of being preyed upon by overzealous litigators seeking a payout. We’re all disgusted by the billboards on the interstate and the commercials on TV,” Gifford Briggs, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association wrote. “Just think how that looks to a company that is considering an investment in Louisiana. Not only does our toxic legal climate create a barrier for businesses wanting to come here, it actively drives people out. Long before COVID, Houma-Terrebonne, Lafayette, and Shreveport, once centers for mom and pop investment in oil and gas, had been abandoned for much less litigious places like Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.”

Louisiana’s lawsuit climate is the topic of ILR’s Faces of Lawsuit Abuse’s multi-part video series, “Louisiana: The Lawsuit Paradise.”

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