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J.R. Whaley

Farmers Win Against Syngenta In First Trial

A Kansas City jury ordered Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to more than 7,000 Kansas farmers today. We wrote earlier about the corn farmers claims against Syngenta. In November 2013, China detected genetically modified traits in U.S. corn shipments. Because […]

J.R. Whaley

Louisiana Coastal Areas Could See Increase in Flood Insurance Premiums

Congress is set to reform the National Flood Insurance Program later this year.  We have written before about how the NFIP has needed reform for years — it is $25 billion is debt.  One of the suggested ways to fix […]

J.R. Whaley

FEMA Extends Deadline For Louisiana Flood Victims Another 60 Days

As we have noted in previous posts, flood insurance policyholders have deadlines they must comply with to ensure full and fair payments from their insurance companies. These deadlines are critical — failure to meet them can result in denial of […]

J.R. Whaley

LOW OFFER YOUR FROM YOUR FLOOD INSURANCE COMPANY?  HERE ARE SOME IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO NOW.

Insurance is a special type of contract. The consumer pays premiums to the insurance company. In return, the insurance company pays benefits to the consumer if one of the things that the consumer is paying premiums to protect against – […]

J.R. Whaley

Flood Insurance – Quick Facts

Recent victims of flooding in Louisiana need to be aware of some of the basic facts of flood insurance: Homeowner’s insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Flood damage is compensated from flood policies issued under the National Flood Insurance […]

Ben Dampf

The Great Flood of 2016

In 48 hours, the Baton Rouge area took in about 2 feet of rain. Watson, Louisiana saw more rainfall in a couple of days than Los Angeles has in four years.  More than 100,000 homes have suffered flood damage. Those efforts […]

J.R. Whaley

MEDICAL PROVIDERS AWAIT AN IMPORTANT ERISA DECISION

An important decision regarding the interplay between state insurance laws and ERISA is expected to be handed down soon by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Aetna Life Ins. Co. v. Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, et al […]

J.R. Whaley

THE ECONOMIC PAIN CONTINUES BECAUSE OF VW’S DECEPTION

As discussed last week, lost in the hub-bub about Volkswagen’s deception in fooling regulators about the emissions of its “clean” diesel engines is the very real economic damages of used car dealers who purchased VWs for resale.  Those small businesses […]

J.R. Whaley

Changing Face of Legal Malpractice in Louisiana

The Louisiana Supreme Court recently gave victims of legal malpractice in Louisiana important new rights. The Court’s decision in Lomont v. Bennett, 2014-2483 (La. 6/30/15), — So. 3d — will likely make it easier for victims of legal malpractice to […]

J.R. Whaley

Reading the Fine Print — Common Contractual Clauses and What They Mean

From automobile purchases to terms of services on the internet, contracts play a significant role in our daily lives. One problem with the proliferation of contracts is that individuals rarely examine the contracts cautiously before agreeing to the terms. Even […]