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Art. 1704. Confirmation of preliminary default in suits against the state or a political subdivision

            A. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, prior to confirmation of a preliminary default against the state or any of its departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, or instrumentalities, a certified copy of the minute entry constituting the preliminary default entered pursuant to Article 1701, together with a certified copy of the petition or other demand, shall be sent by the plaintiff or his counsel to the attorney general by registered or certified mail, or shall be served by the sheriff personally upon the attorney general or the first assistant attorney general at the office of the attorney general. If the minute entry and the petition are served on the attorney general by mail, the person mailing such items shall execute and file in the record an affidavit stating that these items have been enclosed in an envelope properly addressed to the attorney general with sufficient postage affixed, and stating the date on which such envelope was deposited in the United States mail. In addition the return receipt shall be attached to the affidavit which was filed in the record.

            B. If no answer or other pleading is filed during the fifteen days immediately following the date on which the attorney general or the first assistant attorney general received notice of the preliminary default as provided in Paragraph A of this Article, a preliminary default entered against the state or any of its departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, or instrumentalities may be confirmed by proof as required by Article 1702.

            C. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, prior to confirmation of a preliminary default against a political subdivision of the state or any of its departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, or instrumentalities, a certified copy of the minute entry constituting the preliminary default entered pursuant to Article 1701, together with a certified copy of the petition or other demand, shall be sent by the plaintiff or his counsel by registered or certified mail to the proper agent or person for service of process at the office of that agent or person. The person mailing such items shall execute and file in the record an affidavit stating that these items have been enclosed in an envelope properly addressed to the proper agent or person for service of process, with sufficient postage affixed, and stating the date on which such envelope was deposited in the United States mail. In addition the return receipt shall be attached to the affidavit which was filed in the record.

            D. If no answer or other pleading is filed during the fifteen days immediately following the date on which the agent or person for service of process received notice of the preliminary default as provided in Paragraph C of this Article, a preliminary default entered against the political subdivision of the state or any of its departments, offices, boards, commissions, agencies, or instrumentalities may be confirmed by proof as required by Article 1702.

            Added by Acts 1978, No. 149, §1, eff. June 29, 1978; Acts 1986, No. 155, §1, eff. June 28, 1986; Acts 2017, No. 419, §1.



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