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Significant Changes to Procedural Laws Effective January 1, 2022

Louisiana made changes to procedural rules that took effect at the start of the new year.

Defendants now have 21 days to file an answer to a petition after service of citation, instead of the previous 15-day period. La. C.C.P. art. 1001. If, however, a plaintiff files and serves a discovery request with the petition, the defendant has 30 days to file an answer. And, when an exception is filed prior to an answer and is overruled or referred to the merits, an answer shall be filed within 15 days after such overruling or referral, instead of the previous 10 days.

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