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In In re Crescent Energy Servs., LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154038 (E.D. La. Nov. 7, 2016), at issue before the court was whether the contract between Crescent and Carrizo was a maritime or non-maritime contract. If the contract was non-maritime, the Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act (LSA-R.S. 9:2780) would void the indemnity agreement. On the other hand, were the contract maritime, then the indemnity agreement would be enforceable

Business litigation has stalled major construction project

In Louisiana or any other state, when a dispute arises between existing business owners and those planning major construction projects in the area, scheduled work can suffer significant delays. Business litigation in another state has been raging for two years. People are starting to complain, as the construction project in question had already begun when the dispute arose; thus, since production was halted while solutions are pending, the site itself has become a huge eyesore in the community. 


The primary issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Deperrodil v. Bozovic Marine Inc., No. 16-30009, 5th Cir., Nov. 17, 2017 was whether the collateral source rule allows plaintiff to recover the unpaid, written-off portion of his billed medical expenses, when the remaining, paid portion of the billed expenses was through workers'-compensation insurance provided by his non-tortfeasor employer, pursuant to the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act ("LHWCA")

Contract dispute may prevent shop from staying open

In a state far west of Louisiana, there is a business cooperative facing challenges regarding its ability to remain open to the public. The contract dispute arose right when the time came for the medical marijuana and wellness center to renew its operational permit. It appears the center is located in a shop that is part of a strip of businesses, and the owner has not given the dispensary consent to continue its services.

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