U.S. Fifth Circuit Issues Important Decision Concerning Rights of a Tenant When the Landlord is in Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy court can be a confusing, even disorienting, place for the uninitiated, especially when rights to real property are involved. One situation that arises from time to time concerns the … More»

Louisiana Legislature Passes Three Laws As Shield Against COVID-19 Liability Arising From Business Operations

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed three measures passed during the recently ended sessions of the Louisiana Legislature that shield businesses, individuals, and government bodies from civil liability for COVID-19 … More»

The Measure of Compensable Loss Under a Standard Title Insurance Policy

By Charles L. Stern, Jr. Title insurance is ubiquitous in the American real estate market. Lenders generally require mortgagee’s title insurance as a condition before closing on a loan secured … More»

Execution of Legal Documents in Louisiana—Formalities Matter

By Charles L. Stern, Jr. Louisiana has strict requirements governing the form of certain types of legal documents, such as donations and wills. Failure to comply with those formalities, while … More»

In Louisiana, Getting a Court Order to Evict a Tenant is Essential

By Charles L. Stern, Jr. In Louisiana, No Court Order, No Eviction In many states, a landlord is allowed to use self-help—changing the locks, for example—to evict a tenant that … More»

Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal Decision Affects Property Owners

By Charles L. Stern, Jr. Partner, Charles L. Stern, Jr. clarifies a new court ruling by the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal that upholds that property owners and developers … More»

Two Federal Court Decisions Affect Property Owner Rights

New Court Ruling Alert: For Commercial and Residential Property Owners, Two Federal Property Insurance Cases Worth Attention By Charles L. Stern, Jr. In the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes, Katrina … More»