Louisiana Law blog
March 10th, 2018
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Al Copeland Investments, LLC v. First Specialty Insurance Corp.
Opinion Date: March 9, 2018
Areas of Law: Civil Procedure, Insurance Law
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of plaintiffs' suit based on forum non conveniens. The court held that Louisiana Revised Statute 22:868 does not evince a public policy against forum-selection clauses in insurance contracts. Therefore, the court found that the parties' insurance policy contained an enforceable forum-selection clause requiring litigation in New York state court. Furthermore, the public interest factors did not weigh in favor of keeping this case in Louisiana.
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