Back in July, we wrote about a contract disputes between Biomedical Research Foundation and Louisiana State University involving contracts the foundation had obtained in 2013 for the operation of two safety-net hospitals under Governor Jindal’s effort to privatize charity hospitals throughout the state.
Breach of contract claims are one very common form of litigation in which businesses can become involved. Contracts are ubiquitous in the business world and govern a wide variety of interactions between businesses.
According to a report by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released last week, Louisiana was ranked number 49 when it comes to having a favorable business litigation environment. The ranking puts Louisiana in the second worst place, just ahead of West Virginia. The report doesn’t reveal any new information, as Louisiana has held the same place since 2008.
In our last post, we began speaking about a recent age discrimination case which was appealed up to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and decided in favor of the employer. The case involved the issue of when employees are or are not similarly situated for purposes of determining discriminatory workplace policies. When two similarly situated employees are treated differently on a restricted basis such as age, race or sex, this is considered illegal discrimination.
An important aspect of running a successful business is managing the various forms of liability the business faces in its day-to-day operation. Among these liabilities are employment disputes, such as claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation.
In our last post, we spoke about ongoing litigation against State Farm Insurance for allegedly engaging in unfair trade practices, specifically for leading customers to choose preferred repair shops and for low-balling repair estimates. The issue of deceptive or unfair trade practices is important one for businesses, since allegations of wrongdoing can result in liabilities that drain a company’s resources and damage a business’ reputation.