April 2015

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Legacy litigation refers to hundreds of lawsuits in Louisiana seeking damages allegedly related to environmental harm caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities. These lawsuits have been likened to winning the “landowner lottery,” as many landowner plaintiffs seek to recover damages vastly in excess of the value of their property. The Louisiana Legislature has struggled to bring meaningful reform that ensures property is remediated without providing windfall awards to property owners that will not be used to remediate property and that contribute to the negative impressions many have about Louisiana’s business climate. The Legislative efforts at reform continue, though. Senator Allain has recently introduced Senate Bill No. 79 of the 2015 Regular Session. (more…)