Resolved: What is the Meaning of a Safe Berth Clause?

Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati Shipping Co., 886 F.3d 291 (2020) In this case involving an allision between a crude oil tanker and a submerged anchor, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved the circuit split between the Fifth and Second Circuits regarding the interpretation of safe berth clauses in charter-parties. While the […]

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Protect B2B partnerships from business litigation

How many customer leads a particular Louisiana business acquires is important; however, even more crucial in terms of profitability is how many prospective buyer visits result in sales. Businesses hire people to analyze such issues and make suggestions as to how to increase the bottom line. Another means for improving and expanding business is forging […]

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Intellectual property focus of recent business disputes

Patents are integral components of many Louisiana business arrangements. Along with advanced technology and a boom in the internet marketplace often comes business disputes regarding these and other forms of intellectual property. Apple, the maker of the iPhone, recently settled a contentious dispute with international telecommunications company, Nokia. The disagreement unfolded about half a year ago when Apple told […]

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Protecting the bottom line against unfair competition

Sometimes employees resign from their positions and go to work for other Louisiana companies. Many such situations occur on good terms, and employers provide positive reference to prospective new employers. Other circumstances may not be so favorable, especially if a former worker is suspected of unfair competition. Depending on an individual worker’s position within your […]

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Woman requests jury trial to resolve contract dispute

For most people in Louisiana (and throughout the nation) borrowing money is a rather serious matter. There are obviously various means for securing loans when needed, from asking a friend or loved one for money to signing an agreement with a lending company. The latter typically includes specific terms that hold all parties obligated in […]

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Facebook involved in deceptive trade practices court case

Some time back in 2014, Facebook purchased the Oculus company best known for,”Rift,” a virtual reality headset device with which many Louisiana residents might be familiar. A problem arose regarding the product that included allegations against Oculus (and therefore, also against Facebook) regarding deceptive trade practices. Another company, ZeniMax, was the one making the accusations, […]

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Breach of contract situation brewing in another state

Louisiana business people often enter formal agreements as part of their transactions. In fact, in most business arrangements, contracts are integral components that are easily customizable and useful to protect the interests of those involved in a particular service, employment or purchase transaction. If one party accuses another party of a breach of contract, however, what […]

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Resolving unfair competition problems in Louisiana

On behalf of Koch & Schmidt posted in Business Litigation on Friday, January 20, 2017. There are laws in Louisiana and all other states that protect business owners and consumers from unfair practices. That said, unfair competition problems are not uncommon and, if left unresolved, often lead to personal financial loss and/or overall decline in profitability. Many people are […]

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