By Mark D. Mese Reproduced with permission from Class Action Action Litigation Report, Vol. 6, No. 21, pp. 795-797 (Nov 11, 2005). Copyright 2005 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033). The damages caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama constitute the largest natural disaster in U.S. history. Hurricane Katrina’s impact on insurers and their policyholders have already set in motion what will probably be one of the largest legal and public policy storms to hit the United States in modern times. Nowhere will the storm be more evident than in disputes involving wind and water damage coverage. The eye of the coverage storm is already manifesting itself in coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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By the Kean Miller Business Law Team

Many businesses in Louisiana are now assessing how Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita have affected and will continue to affect their contracts with clients, vendors, partners, and others. This article provides some general guidelines that businesses can use to determine if and how their contracts’ terms or Louisiana’s commercial law may affect contractual rights and obligations in light of the hurricanes.
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By Christopher J. Dicharry Assessors are charged with the duty of determining the fair market value of business and residential property in Louisiana so that annual ad valorem property taxes can be imposed. This duty to determine fair market value is modified by a duty to insure that assessments are uniform. That is, similar properties should have similar assessments.
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By Lolly White In-house counsel who are employed in Louisiana but are not licensed to practice law here have until July 1, 2005 to file an application for limited licensure to practice under the Louisiana Supreme Court’s new In-House Counsel Rule.
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By Brett N. Brinson

Who owns the improvements constructed by a tenant is often a critical issue when a lease terminates. If a lease does not address the issue, the relevant Louisiana Civil Code Articles will apply. Effective January 1, 2005, Louisiana revised the Civil Code Articles regarding leases. The revised Articles specifically address improvements made by tenants and govern if the lease is silent on the issue.
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A lease usually imposes on the tenant an obligation to return the leased property in the same condition as when delivered, excepting ordinary wear and tear. Even in the absence of such a contractual clause, an obligation to so restore the leased property is imposed by law. This type of obligation may impose on a