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fEATURE | coaLITIon for common SenSe UPdaTe Opportunity for Continued Lawsuit Reform by Jim Harris Coalition for Common Sense over the past several years, louisiana's legislature has had the opportunity to enact meaningful legal reform measures. several measures passed and have become law, and some failed to garner the necessary support to do the same. More importantly, the move to enact lawsuit reform has generated relevant discussion on the need to do so. the need for tort reform in this state will not go away anytime soon, and the upcoming elections and legislative sessions will provide the necessary platform to keep the conversation relevant. Louisiana's judicial system is consistently ranked as one of the worst in the nation, reports indicate excessive litigation costs residents as much as $9,000 annually, and spurious legacy lawsuits work to impede the state's oil and gas industry. Recent reforms, including banning the attorney general from entering into contingency fee contracts, to clarify damages and other reforms around legacy lawsuits, and to regulate the controversial lawsuit lending industry, have kept the conversation going so far. Other issues remain to be addressed, including the removing the jury trial threshold for civil cases, stopping venue shopping in latent disease cases and reining in coastal zone lawsuits against parishes and legacy lawsuits. The fall elections for statewide, legislative and other offices will provide a backdrop to delve into the topic of what real legal reform looks like. Continued interest across a broad spectrum of the business community, combined with the elections, offers the opportunity to deliver that message. Legal reform must be a top priority for Louisiana, and that has to begin with our new legislators and administration. Let's keep the conversation going. ● the Coalition for Common sense is comprised of more than 40 professional associations, along with a number of companies and individuals committed to passing legislation in Louisiana that ensures a fair legal climate for both truly impaired individuals and small and large businesses operating in the state. Formed in 2008, CCS plans to continue offering suggestions for improvements to Louisiana's civil justice system. For more information about business liability and legal reform in Louisiana, please visit the Coalition for Common Sense at www.coalitionforcommonsense.com. the need for tort reform in this state will not go away anytime soon, and the upcoming elections and legislative sessions will provide the necessary platform to keep the conversation relevant. www.loga.la | 91 http://www.coalitionforcommonsense.com http://www.loga.la

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LOGA Industry Report - Fall 2015

Chairman’s Corner
President’s Perspective
North Louisiana Notes
Comments from the Commissioner
From the DNR Secretary’s Desk
From the LDWF Secretary’s Desk
Comments from Congress
Legislator Profile: Senator H. Neil Riser
LOUISIANA GUBERNATORIOL RACE QUIET SO FAR
IT'S LOUISIANA'S FAVORITE SEASON- ELECTION SEASON!
LEGISLATIVE LANES TO VICTORY
LOGPAC ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
THE COTTON VALLEY: A PLAY THAT'S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME
Reflections on the Ever-Changing Oil and Gas Industry
CAMERON LNG NEW LIQUEFACTION FACILITIES A WIN-WIN
Court Watch: A Silver Lining in the BP Settlement
LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW LAW ON DRILLING UNITS
A SUMMER OF ENERGY DISCONTENT IN WASHINGTON DC
WEATHERING THE STROM, FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
LAGCOE 2015
OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED LAWSUIT REFORM
Leadership Development: EXCELERANT
Workforce Development: Illustrating Industry Support for STEM Education
4th Annual LOGA Sporting Clays
2015 LAGCOE Open Golf Tournament
Oilfield Service Auction Preview
Member Services Spotlight: From Websites to Mobile Apps, Envoc is Making ‘A Better Reality’ for Clients
Petroleum Facts at a Glance
New Members
Index of Advertisers/ Advertisers.com

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