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The Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense (LCCS) is a group of professional associations, companies and individuals committed to ensuring a fair legal climate for both truly impaired individuals and small and large businesses operating in the state.

Formed in 2008, the group has been successful in passing legislation to clarify the rules on expert witness testimony, which saves the courts both time and money. The need for additional civil justice reform continues.  

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Louisiana Coalition for Common Sense and Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch 

2021 Member Survey 

In the survey linked below are several civil justice reform topics that have emerged as priorities for the near future. Please rank in order of importance from your perspective, with one being most important and seven as least important. Please note there is space at the end of the survey to submit additional civil justice issues you feel should be priorities. 

Your responses to this survey will determine which bills are introduced as LCCS/LLAW legislation in the 2021 regular session. The survey is live and will close Monday, December 7. 

We thank you for your support and participation! 

Click the following link to complete the survey: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LOUISIANA2021

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Now is the time for reform

The Louisiana Legislature is represented by a supermajority of reform-minded lawmakers who were elected to improve the state’s business and legal climate. The Legislature is determined to improve Louisiana’s economy, which has been hindered by lawsuit abuse and even further by the COVID-19 pandemic. The next regular session begins April 12, 2021. 

Legal reform was a priority this year in the Louisiana Legislature

LCCS and its partners worked with state lawmakers to pass legal reforms for the first time in decades, including business liability projections related to the pandemic. The Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020 passed in the first special session and was signed by the governor. This landmark legislation reduced the jury trial threshold from $50,000 to $10,000, reformed direct action, repealed the seat belt evidence gag order and made improvements to calculate healthcare and medical expenses in personal injury claims. 

How we can continue to make change

Despite recent legislative advances, Louisiana’s legal climate continues to be an outlier in many respects and was recently named #5 on the list of “Judicial Hellholes” by the American Tort Reform Association. Windfalls for personal injury attorneys have resulted in a national reputation for lawsuit abuse. Solutions being considered to improve the state’s business and legal climate include:

·      Collateral Source: Eliminate phantom damages and limit recovery of medical expenses to the amount actually paid

·      Coastal Litigation: Limit the ability of third-party plaintiffs to seek civil enforcement of state-issued permits

·      Prejudgment Interest: Change the effective date of judicial interest payable from the date of filing to the date of judgment

·      Judicial Transparency: Promote the same accountability and transparency within the judicial branch as in the executive and legislative branches

·      Asbestos Trust Filing and Disclosure: Require plaintiffs to disclose to the court all money received from asbestos trust funds upon filing suit for damages

·      Deceptive Drug Lawsuit Advertisements: End misleading lawsuit advertisements seek potential plaintiffs to file suit

·      Random Case Allotment: Create an electronic filing system to ensure cases are randomly allotted to judges

 


 

 

Louisiana Legislative Session

The Regular Legislative Session begins on April 21, 2021. Check back for more information.
 

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