Legal Relief for Flood Victims

August 19th, 2016 by JBWK

Submitted by Katharine J. Westfall

The recent news of torrential storms and widespread, record flooding in Louisiana and areas of the Deep South has raised the usual concerns associated with natural disaster. But in addition to government initiatives to provide suitable living conditions, food, water, and other resources to the region, another relief effort has been thrown into the mix. We rarely consider how events such as this week’s flooding impact the legal rights of those affected, but according to a news release from the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana’s governor has issued an executive order suspending all deadlines for legal proceedings in state courts, effective retroactively to the start of the flooding. It will be interesting to see if other states follow suit in the future.


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