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Governor Edwards Issues Proclamation Extending Filing Deadlines

As a result of the recent flooding in Louisiana, Governor Edwards issued a series of proclamations which extended all deadlines for legal filings.

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-53

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-57

Executive Order No. JBE 2016-66

Since most professional liability statutes in Louisiana are peremptive, as opposed to prescriptive, an issue may arise as to whether this proclamation is legal. Peremptive periods under Louisiana law are not subject to interruption or suspension.

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita similar governor proclamations were issued.  There were no reported cases discussing the legality of the extensions or suspensions following the hurricane proclamations.

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