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In Girard v. M/V Blacksheep, Arnaud Girard was a marine salvor who worked to rescue ships in peril. In December 2013, he undertook a rescue mission for a yacht known as the M/Y Blacksheep. Thereafter he filed an action in rem against the Blacksheep, seeking a salvage award for services provided to the yacht. The district court denied his claim, finding that Mr. Girard failed to show that his services were necessary to the rescue of the Blacksheep. Mr. Girard appealed.

Contract dispute regarding baggage system finally resolved

A city outside Louisiana has been trying to obtain an amicable agreement regarding a business situation. A $40 million project was apparently at the center of the recent contract dispute. Both sides recently presented their arguments to a contract compliance hearing officer.

Business disputes often require professional help

Many employers require workers to sign non-compete clauses when they are hired. If a worker later breaches an agreement, an employer may have grounds to pursue the matter in court. This is just one of many types of business disputes that may be addressed through litigation in Louisiana or any other state.

Ongoing business litigation may cost Wells Fargo billions

Those in Louisiana who regularly follow banking news may be aware of a recent scandal involving one of Wells Fargo's chief executives, John Stumpf. Stumpf has since departed the company, and he also agreed to pay $185 million to regulators as a settlement in his case. The banking and financial services institution continues to face business litigation issues that may cost it as much as $2 billion or more when all is said and done.


"Uberrimae fidei" means of the utmost good faith. The uberrimae fidei doctrine requires the insured to disclose to the insurer all known circumstances that materially affect the insurer's risk. Under the doctrine, when the marine insured fails to disclose to the marine insurer all circumstances known to it and unknown to the insurer which materially affect the insurer's risk, the insurer may void the marine insurance policy at its option.

Warner Bros. accuses Avenged Sevenfold of breach of contract

The popular heavy metal band, Avenged Sevenfold, has become entangled in a contentious dispute in a state outside Louisiana with the Warner Bros. record label company. The record company is accusing the band of a breach of contract, stating the music artists signed on with another record label while they still owed Warner Bros. one more album. The situation looks as though it may lead to trial.

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