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Louisiana Flooding - Legal Update

The Liskow & Lewis family stands by our friends and neighbors throughout the unprecedented flooding in our community. As we begin the long process of recovery, here is a brief legal update on the response of various courts and state agencies:

  • State courts: Governor John Bel Edwards has issued an executive order which purports to suspend all legal deadlines, including prescriptive and preemptive periods, in all state courts, administrative agencies and boards until Friday September 9th.
    • UPDATE: Governor Edwards issued an amended executive order purporting to maintain the suspension of prescription for the entire state until Friday September 9th, but ending the suspension of all other legal deadlines except for select parishes on August 19th.
  • State court closures: The Louisiana Supreme Court is maintaining and updating a list of all city and state courts that are experiencing closures. The 19th and 21st Judicial District Courts (serving East Baton Rouge Parish, St. Helena Parish, and Livingston Parish) will be closed through the remainder of the week.
  • Federal court: Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson has issued an omnibus order suspending all deadlines and delays in cases pending before the Middle District of Louisiana indefinitely.
  • The Department of Environmental Quality: Secretary Chuck Carr Brown issued a Declaration of Emergency and Administrative Order addressing various issues under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Environmental Quality including the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES), water discharges, debris management, and hazardous waste disposal.

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