Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act

By Tod J. Everage

Contractual indemnities are important and valuable in the oil patch. When they are enforceable, they have the potential to end litigation completely or at least the financial burden for a particularly well-positioned indemnitee. But, with “anti-indemnity” statutes in play in several jurisdictions (including Louisiana), the enforceability of these indemnity provisions rely

Drilling rig at sunset

By Daniel Stanton

In the recent Fifth Circuit case of Hefren v. Murphy Exploration & Production Company, USA, et al., 2016 WL 1637758 (5th Cir. April 25, 2016), the court took up the riveting issue of contractual defense and indemnification. All levity aside, the issue addressed by the court is one that arises in


By Tod J. Everage

A typical oilfield personal injury case in (or off the coast of) Louisiana involves a review of the relevant contracts and an analysis of whether demands for defense and indemnity can be made (and enforced) against other contracting parties. And, typically, the party on the receiving end of such a demand