Tort Reform Fails to Deliver Lower Auto Insurance Rates

By Neale deGravelles  In 2020, Louisiana politicians touted tort reform as necessary to drive down insurance rates in our state. Republican legislators argued that our state’s high auto insurance rates were due to the high number of lawsuits filed against insurance companies. In response, legislators passed the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill […] Learn more...

Why Decorum in Court Proceedings Matters Now More Than Ever

By Neale deGravelles During the coronavirus pandemic, the highest court in the land has been holding oral arguments via telephone and live-streaming the proceedings. In the oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the proceedings by warning everyone to turn off their cellphones. He neglected, […] Learn more...

What We Can Learn from the Biggest Personal Injury Decisions of 2020

By Neale deGravelles 2020 was a historic year in all areas of life. But courts also saw record injury awards and major court rulings that will impact civil litigation for decades to come. In Louisiana, the passage of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill 57 (“HB57”) will likely have serious repercussions for […] Learn more...

5 Trends That Will Shape Louisiana Legal Practices in 2021

By Neale deGravelles 2020 brought unprecedented and unexpected changes to the legal industry. Thirty-three percent of national firm leaders say the impact of COVID-19 will “fundamentally change the practice of law as we know it,” according to Managing Partner Forum. For Louisiana attorneys, 2020 also brought a host of other challenges. Historic hurricanes ravaged areas […] Learn more...