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The many ways in which states tax the oil and gas industries

Technology has made performing operations in the oil and gas industries much more seamless during the past few decades. This has motivated many across Louisiana and other states to tap into these reserves for potential financial benefit. Lawmakers have responded in kind by imposing fees and taxes on the extraction, refining and sale of these industries' byproducts.

Currently, 34 states produce their own natural gas. One of the five largest ones is Louisiana. All but Pennsylvania assess a severance tax to the extraction and production of oil and gas resources. Producers in Pennsylvania end up paying impact fees instead. Currently, there are 31 states that produce crude oil.

An alleged drunk driver severely injures a motorist on LA Hwy 102

On Dec. 1, 2018, troopers with the Louisiana State Police Troop D were summoned to the scene of a three-car crash along LA Highway 102, an area that lies due north of Jennings, at around 3:30 p.m.

In speaking with witnesses, the officers determined that a 39-year-old Jennings man had been driving his 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound along LA Hwy 102 when he suddenly crossed the center median into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe when he did this.

When should I collect Louisiana sales taxes or another state's?

We live in an era in which most brick-and-mortar retail stores also sell online in an effort to get their products in customers' hands worldwide. This increase in e-commerce during the past two decades had led lawmakers to update sales tax laws to recover revenue that they would have otherwise lost because of how business is now done.

If your company's headquarters are in Louisiana and your customer purchases an item while here or has it shipped to an address within the state, then you should collect taxes for here.

Contract disputes take, on average, 18 months to resolve

Quality contracts are essential in construction because many construction projects end up with contract disputes, and many of those end up in litigation.

And litigation can be expensive. The 2018 Global Construction Disputes Report states that construction contract conflicts take, on average, 18 months to resolve.

2 ways to prevent car accident injuries and deaths

If you're a motorist in Louisiana, you may consider yourself a relatively safe driver. However, not everyone else you share the road with is a safe or defensive driver. There are a few things you should do — beyond following the rules of the road and staying attentive — that can help you prevent serious injuries in the event that a negligent party causes a crash.

Here are two things that will help you reduce the chances of injury while navigating Lafayette traffic:

What are penalties for engaging in deceptive trade practices?

If you want to see if you're getting the best price for an item, then there are plenty of price comparison tools to use to do just that. This ease of access to pricing has made competition between retailers even fiercer, leading many to make false claims or engage in misleading tactics to get an item to sell.

A food manufacturer or distributor may mislabel an item that they produce or offer up for sale and say that it doesn't contain certain ingredients when it actually does. A dealership may roll back the odometer on a vehicle so that it comes off as newer than it actually is so that it will be worth more.

Louisiana residents endorse 6 new constitutional amendments

On Nov. 6, Louisiana voters had an opportunity to voice their opinion about whether they approved of six newly-proposed constitutional amendments. On Election Day, they decided to endorse them all.

Amendment No. 1 centered around how long felons should have to wait before being allowed to run for public office in Louisiana. During this election, voters decided that the 15-year wait period that voters endorsed in 1998 is too long. With the passing of the new amendment, felons will be eligible to run for public office five years after they've completed their sentence.

A Beauregard Parish head-on crash claims a passenger's life

A fatal crash occurred nearby the intersection of LA Hwy 26 and US Hwy 171 in Beauregard Parish just after 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 23. Troopers with the Louisiana State Police's Troop D were first to arrive at the scene of the crash.

In speaking with witnesses, troopers determined that one of the motorists involved in the incident had been driving her 2015 GMC Sierra northbound along US Hwy 171 in the moments before the crash occurred. For some unknown reason, the driver allowed their vehicle to cross into the roadway's left shoulder and later its median. The GMC's driver struck a 2017 Toyota Prius as it continued into oncoming traffic.

Why do I have to pay Louisiana sales tax on my online purchases?

Louisiana is one of many states in the country that requires state residents to pay sales tax on purchases made online from out-of-state companies. This is authorized under Louisiana Revised Statute 47:302(K). State residents are expected to remit any monies due to the Louisiana Department of Revenue (DOR).

State lawmakers decided to institute this law after realizing that many out-of-state retailers didn't charge sales tax on many high-priced goods that consumers purchased. Items that consumers avoided paying taxes on included computers, books, clothing, electronics, furniture and jewelry.

Dog bites: what behaviors are provocative?

Picture this: A dog bites you while you are on your daily run in the park. When you decide to sue the owner in order to receive compensation for your injuries, they say that you cannot hold them liable, as you provoked them by running past.

Louisiana law states that a dog owner is liable for injuries and damages caused by the dog if they knew that the animal was dangerous, and they did not take reasonable care to prevent the injury. An owner is not liable if you, the injured individual, provoked the dog to the point of attack. What constitutes provoking a dog?

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