The Defend Trade Secrets Act at Year One By Jessica Engler This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly On March 11th of this year, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) celebrated the one-year anniversary of its enactment.  The DTSA, 18 U.S.C. Section 1831, et seq. expanded the federal legal protection for holders of trade secrets presently... Continue Reading...
Contractors are not Subject to Criminal Charges for Violations of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act By Michael J. O’Brien Yesterday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in USA v. Don Moss, et al., 2017 WL 4273427 (5th Cir. 2017) affirming the Eastern District’s ruling that oilfield contractors cannot be held liable for criminal violations of the Outer Continental Shelf’s Lands Act (OCSLA), 43 U.S.C.§ 1331, et... Continue Reading...
Transportation of Waste in Louisiana:  Louisiana Public Service Commission Adopts New Rules for Motor Carriers of Waste By Carrie R. Tournillon The Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC”) voted at its meeting on September 20, 2017, to reconsider and approve adoption of proposed rules that provide guidelines for certification of motor carriers of waste and create a rebuttal presumption that granting a certificate is in the public interest if the applicant has met... Continue Reading...
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Issues an Updated Emergency Order – Hurricane Harvey By Tokesha Collins-Wright On September 1, 2017, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (“LDEQ”) updated the emergency order that was issued by the Governor of Louisiana on Thursday, August 24, 2017. That earlier emergency order put the entire State of Louisiana under a declaration of emergency and was to remain in place until Friday, September... Continue Reading...
Judge Strikes Down OT Rule By A. Edward Hardin, Jr., Brian R. Carnie, and Erin L. Kilgore A Federal District Judge in Texas struck down an Obama administration Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division rule that would have nearly doubled the salary basis requirement for some exempt employees.  Had the rule remained in place, for certain exempt employees, employers... Continue Reading...
Kean Miller Flood Resources Unprecedented flooding has severely impacted the City of Houston and Southeast Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.  In August 2016, South Louisiana and the Capital Region were affected by a major rain and flood event.  In response, Kean Miller created the South Louisiana Flood section of our Louisiana Law Blog as a legal resource for those... Continue Reading...
EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver for Areas in Louisiana in Response to Hurricane Harvey By Lauren J. Rucinski On August 28, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) approved an emergency fuel waiver for areas for Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. The waiver is an effort to minimize or prevent problems with the supply of gasoline. Sixteen parishes in the state are required to sell low Reid vapor pressure (“RVP”)... Continue Reading...