Legal & Regulatory

To bring jobs and opportunity back to Louisiana, the state needs to ensure a friendly, fair, and legally consistent legal and regulatory environment. Louisiana’s history of litigation abuse and government red tape continues to stifle opportunities for job seekers and working families to find good-paying jobs as businesses flee Louisiana for states with fairer, more predictable policies. Louisiana’s burdensome regulations and state government overreach only hinders our ability to create quality jobs for hard-working Louisiana families. Regulatory reform that limit strict government oversight is necessary to prevent jobs and opportunity from fleeing Louisiana to neighboring states currently experiencing economic booms.

Pelican Applauds Legislature on Passage of Significant Legal Reform

Pelican Applauds Legislature on Passage of Significant Legal Reform

Today, the Louisiana Legislature passed HB 57 by Speaker Clay Schexnayder, the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, in an overwhelming majority. HB 57 is a major victory for curbing lawsuit abuse and lessening the personal financial pain it causes, as well as its damaging effects to our state’s economy The following is a statement from...

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Key Legal Reform

Pelican Statement: Governor Vetoes Key Legal Reform

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a critical piece of legal reform legislation. Louisiana’s judiciary has adopted a practice to ignore legal liability limits and other protections, instead allowing aggressive plaintiffs to sue entrepreneurs of all sizes. This impacts everyone from small mom and pop shops to large oil and gas companies. HB 313 by Representative...

To Reverse Its Course, Louisiana Must Have Lawsuit Reform

To Reverse Its Course, Louisiana Must Have Lawsuit Reform

Louisiana has a problem. With the release of each new job and economic growth report, we get more evidence of our state falling further behind the rest of the nation in nearly every category. Unsurprisingly, jobs are the most reported reason people are giving for leaving Louisiana. While there are many culprits for the departure...

Another Study Proves the Need for Louisiana Legal Reform

Another Study Proves the Need for Louisiana Legal Reform

It’s become common for Louisianans to experience sticker shock while paying their car insurance bills. We all know insurance rates are too high and that lawsuit abuse is the root cause of the problem. But what many don’t know is that the continued abuse of our legal system is also leading to many of the...

Pelican Institute Comments on Privacy Rights, New IRS Rule

Pelican Institute Comments on Privacy Rights, New IRS Rule

The right to support organizations that you believe in is a core American principle. The First Amendment supports our rights to associate and financially support groups and causes we believe in. But due to today’s political climate, many people are worried that supporting the causes they believe in could result in them facing harassment or...

Wall Street Journal Cites Pelican Lawsuit Abuse Study

Wall Street Journal Cites Pelican Lawsuit Abuse Study

Louisiana’s lawsuit abuse climate has caught the eye of the Wall Street Journal, and a recent Pelican Institute study features prominently in its analysis: A new study by the Pelican Institute comparing offshore drilling on state and federal land in the Gulf finds the lawsuits have scared off producers. Oil and gas employment declined by 2,000...

Constitutional Reform Needed to Bring Jobs and Opportunity to Louisiana

Constitutional Reform Needed to Bring Jobs and Opportunity to Louisiana

In the last week, there has been a rise in discussion throughout Louisiana over what a potential Constitutional Convention would mean for our state. As is the case with so many other policy debates in Louisiana, entrenched special interests and others benefitting from the current system have predictably started disseminating exaggerated and, in some cases,...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Lawsuit Abuse is Killing Jobs and Opportunity in Louisiana

Lawsuit Abuse is Killing Jobs and Opportunity in Louisiana

Lawsuit abuse is killing jobs and driving away economic opportunity for working families and job seekers in Louisiana. Many have been saying this for years, but we wanted to explore whether there was really a direct link between lawsuit abuse and the economic downturn and, if so, how big of an impact it is making....

By Daniel J. Erspamer

Vaping Regulations Would Stifle Opportunity for Louisianans

Vaping Regulations Would Stifle Opportunity for Louisianans

This week, the Pelican Institute joined groups around the country in signing a letter opposing efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban flavored e-cigarette or vaping products. Although there has been concerns over the recent health scares relating to these products, in all cases, the immediate health damage has been due to...

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17th is a historic day. On this date in 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time and signed our nation’s governing document, and then it was sent to the states for approval.  The seven Articles comprising of 4,543 words that make up the Constitution, outlined how our nation should be...

“I’ll take ‘Potent Potables’ for $500, Alex.”

“I’ll take ‘Potent Potables’ for $500, Alex.”

Louisiana has a long and storied history when it comes to its alcohol. The state that gave Bourbon its name and claims to have invented the cocktail has been a Mecca for those looking to enjoy its potent potables. But today, thanks to outdated laws on craft breweries, Louisiana is in danger of becoming stuck...

LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

LAWSUIT ABUSE AND NEEDLESS REGULATIONS ARE HOLDING LOUISIANA BACK, PELICAN INSTITUTE SAYS

As Louisiana lawmakers seek to make our state more inviting to job creators and seekers, there are two areas in desperate need of addressing – Louisiana’s abysmal legal and regulatory structures. From overreaching occupational licensing laws to predatory state-sanctioned litigation against the state’s largest job creators, legal and regulatory issues continue to stifle hard-working Louisiana...

SCOTUS Upholds St. Tammany Landowners’ Rights in Dusky Frog Case

SCOTUS Upholds St. Tammany Landowners’ Rights in Dusky Frog Case

The big case over the “little frog that might” and the federal government’s encroachment on private property rights got its day in court. Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a unanimous decision affirming the rights of St. Tammany Parish property owners over federal regulators and remanded the case to the lower courts....

The Little Frog That Might

The Little Frog That Might

The Little Frog That Might Once upon a time there lived a small frog in Louisiana that adorably covers its eyes when exposed to bright light or other threats (kind of like a Gremlin). This little frog, whose mating call has been likened to human snoring, is at the center of a big fuss ever since...