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March 2018 Archives

Getting to the truth after a trucking accident

The average driver likely does not muse upon the many risks that trucking employees face on a daily basis. First and foremost, the size of these vehicles makes them inevitably more dangerous. Of the plethora of inherent dangers truck drivers might encounter while frequenting Louisiana's roads, there are a number of safety facts to keep in mind.  


On January 23, 2018, the Louisiana Public Service Commission issued a new General Order[1] applicable to intrastate transporters of waste - non-hazardous oilfield waste, non-hazardous industrial solid waste and hazardous waste. The new General Order eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking a new common carrier certificate or contract carrier permit must prove public convenience and necessity ("PCN") along with fitness in order to be granted a certificate or permit. Under the new General Order, the applicant need only prove that it is fit: 1. has the required insurance; 2. has the financial ability to provide transportation of waste for disposal in a safe and efficient manner; 3. has the necessary licenses and permits to transport waste; 4. has the equipment and manpower to transport waste in a safe and efficient manner; and 5. has a safety program in place necessary for the safe and efficient transport of waste for disposal.

3 mistakes new startups should avoid

The success of a business can hinge entirely on how it is formed. A startup's formation is the foundation on which the company will sit for its history. Therefore, entrepreneurs should be cognizant of what pitfalls startups can be subject to and how to avoid them.

Why do some food startups fail, while others succeed?

Waitr, a popular Louisiana-based food delivery service, has successfully stepped into the shoes of the unsuccessful Baton Rouge meal-subscription startup, Indie Plate. Taking over Indie Plate's office space and hiring on all of their employees, Waitr has been gaining speed year by year. What makes one food startup more successful than another?

Benefits of an NDA

Louisiana companies may often find themselves in need of sharing what could be deemed confidential business information. It is reasonable for owners and executives to be concerned about protecting such information and in these situations a non-disclosure agreement may be the way to go.


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