Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation, Says the Seventh Circuit

By | Louisiana Law Blog | April 5, 2017
On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As previously noted, there has been much debate among the courts regarding the meaning of the term “sex” under Title VII and whether discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or transgender status falls within the scope of Title VII’s protection. View Full Post
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EPA Proposes to Further Delay Effective Date of RMP to 2019

By | Louisiana Law Blog | April 3, 2017
The EPA received three petitions asking it to delay and reconsider amendments to the RMP rule. First, the “RMP Coalition” submitted a petition dated February 28, 2017. On March 13, 2017, the Chemical Safety Advocacy Group also submitted a petition, followed by a third petition from a group of eleven states. View Full Post
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Equitable Vs. Constitutional Mootness: the Eleventh Circuit Provides a Primer

We have written in the past about the doctrine School of Scavenging Lemon Sharksof equitable mootness.  A March 30, 2017 per curiam affirmance by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Beem v. Ferguson (In re Ferguson) explores the concept and limitations of equitable mootness and distinguishes it from the related doctrine of constitutional mootness. View Full Post
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Governor Edwards Proposes Comprehensive Louisiana Tax Reform Package

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 30, 2017
lsc By Jaye A. Calhoun, Jason R. Brown, and William J. Kolarik, II On March 29, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards released the broad outlines of his Louisiana tax reform proposal (the “Tax Reform Proposal”), which he promoted as a comprehensive plan to stabilize Louisiana’s budget and avoid future mid-year budget cuts. View Full Post
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Small Sources of Air Emissions, Even if Temporary, Must Now Keep Records to Verify Exemption from Air Permitting Requirements

By | Louisiana Law Blog | March 30, 2017
louisiana By Tokesha Collins-Wright and Maureen N. Harbourt The general rule under Louisiana law has long been that any activity that results in emissions of air pollutants must obtain an air permit from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) unless a specific exemption applies. View Full Post
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A Big Haircut for Indenture Trustee Counsel Fees

In Nortel Network’s (Child getting a haircut“Nortel”) chapter 11 case, In re: Nortel Networks Inc., et al., United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Case No. 09-10138(KG), Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross recently reduced the Indenture Trustee’s counsel fees by $913,936.00 in response to heavily litigated objections to the fees by noteholders, Solus Alternative Asset Management LP (“Solus”) and PointState Capital LP (“PointState”) (collectively the “Objecting Noteholders”).  View Full Post
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