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In Memory of Sadie Thibodeaux

Roedel Parsons joins the community in celebrating the life of Sadie Thibodeaux. Beginning in 2011, Sadie was a wonderful team member at the firm. She filled a variety of roles during her time at the firm including billing, marketing, administrative support and lobbying. Sadie had recently moved to New Orleans to support members of the firm's lobbying team. She will be remembered for her wonderful spirit, strong work ethic and unselfish attitude. Sadie was always eager to join others from the firm in activities outside of work. In fact, she was usually the person organizing participation in the gumbo cook-off, walk for St. Jude, flood relief effort and other activities supporting the community. Sadie leaves behind many dear friendships at the firm. She will always be missed and remembered.

$3.5 million stamp mistake illustrates copyright laws

Do you know the Statue of Liberty when you see it? For the U.S. Postal Service, that question wasn't so simple. The most successful stamp in recent years actually featured a replica of Lady Liberty from the Las Vegas strip instead of the actual statue in New York City. This case of mistaken identity and copyright infringement proved to be a multimillion-dollar mishap.

Protecting your small business from cyber threats – Part 2

In our last post, we talked about the definition of cybersecurity and how important it is for small businesses to take cyber threats seriously. In this post, we will look at risk factors as well as strategies that Louisiana companies can use to guard against data theft, malicious computer viruses, hacked websites, denial-of-service attacks and other online dangers.

Stopping scams against small businesses

When it comes to the victims of financial scams, most of us envision elderly individuals who are duped into giving away their retirement savings, or something similar. However, many financial scams actually target companies and business owners.

From falsified invoices and fake tech support offers to ransomware computer viruses and advertising schemes, today’s businesses must navigate a minefield of fraud.

Gayle Thomasson Busch Retiring

With great respect and gratitude for her service here, our firm announces the retirement of Gayle Thomasson Busch effective July 31, 2018. Gayle joined our firm 21 years ago following her successful tenure at the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Gayle also served our country for 11 years as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Judge Advocates General Corps. She has been a team leader in our Administrative Law--Regulatory Section, which she helped strengthen and expand, by handling complex cases in the administrative arena and then litigating when necessary. Gayle was a key member of our expropriation team that led to the LSU and VA Medical Center Project becoming a reality in New Orleans. Beyond professional accolades, our firm was blessed to see her sons grow up, 3 of whom now hold positions of military responsibility, thus following in their mom's patriotic footsteps. She has set a worthy example for the firm, for her family and for the clients whom she represented. Well Done Partner! We wish Gayle the absolute best in her next phase of life.

Protecting your small business from cyber threats – Part 1

In this day and age, it is nearly impossible for any business to operate without investing heavily in online technology. From sophisticated websites, Facebook advertising and email marketing ventures to relatively simple web-based calendars and accounting programs, your company must be prepared to thrive in the cyber world.

However, this world comes with very real threats. It is vital for business owners to understand cybersecurity and to take appropriate measures to safeguard their financial interests.

4 questions businesses should ask before making donations

Requests for charitable donations: they come in all shapes and sizes. From fundraising letters to door-to-door solicitations, your Louisiana business is bound to encounter them. However, here are four questions to ask before writing out a check:

Workplace posters: what businesses need to know

If you are starting your own business, you have plenty to think about. Tacking posters to the walls is probably not something that has crossed your mind – or if it has, it is likely at the very bottom of your list of things to do.

You may be surprised to learn, however, that you are required by law to post certain notices that are applicable to your employees and your particular business. Following are a few questions and answers about these workplace posters and related employment law issues.

Most business owners are not prepared for tax reform

As a business professional, how comfortable do you feel addressing corporate matters related to federal tax reform? If you feel unprepared, you are not alone.

Most business owners maintain a keen grasp of their marketing objectives, revenue opportunities, liabilities and other issues that affect their companies’ bottom lines. However, federal and state taxes are areas in which most owners feel out of their depths – and for good reason. Tax law is incredibly complex. It is also undergoing dramatic change, thanks to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

Disclaimers can sometimes do more harm than good

Many business professionals think of disclaimers as impervious shields, lines of fine print that guard against all lawsuits. If marketing practices are edging into questionable legal territory, many companies simply slap a disclaimer on it. That is an all-too-common solution.

However, the fact is that disclaimers are not shields or magic spells that guarantee legal immunity. That is a dangerous myth. The truth is that certain disclaimers have the potential to work against you – not for you – when a case goes to court. Here is an example:

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