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      RS 30:411     



§411.  Failure to supply natural gas as result of compulsory reallocation or curtailment action; damages; service; exceptions

A.  In the event of failure to supply natural gas in Louisiana which is the direct result of compulsory reallocation or curtailment procedures, other than reallocation or curtailment procedures implemented pursuant to a statewide emergency declared by the governor in accordance with R.S. 30:571, or an emergency certified to the governor pursuant to R.S. 30:413, the former purchaser/recipient of the natural gas shall have a right and cause of action against the ultimate industrial user or users and/or the ultimate local distribution company to whom the natural gas was reallocated and who are knowing beneficiaries as a consequence of availing themselves of the use of such natural gas; provided that no ultimate local distribution company or ultimate industrial user or users shall be liable for damages as a knowing beneficiary under this Act by reason of the fact that such company or user is itself a victim of compulsory curtailment to a lesser extent than other users supplied by a common supplier under curtailment order.

B.  Nonresident industrial users and local natural gas distribution companies not otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Louisiana, which are knowing beneficiaries as recipients of natural gas previously committed by contract for delivery in Louisiana, which natural gas was made available to and utilized by such knowing beneficiaries as a result of compulsory reallocation or curtailment, not otherwise excepted pursuant to Subsection A of this Section, shall, as a consequence of acceptance of the use of the state's natural resources, transmission facilities, processing plants and right-of-ways, be deemed to additionally accept the appointment of the secretary of state of Louisiana or his successor in office, to be his true and lawful attorney for service of process, upon whom may be served all lawful process in any action or proceeding arising as a result of failure to supply natural gas in Louisiana as to which such knowing beneficiary is made defendant.  Such service shall be of the same legal force and effect as if served upon such defendant personally.

C.  The service of the process authorized by this Section shall be made by serving a copy of the citation on the secretary of state, and such service shall be sufficient service upon said defendant, provided that notice of such service, together with a copy of the citation are forthwith sent by registered mail by the plaintiff to the defendant, or are actually delivered to the defendant and defendant's return receipt, in case notice is sent by registered mail, or affidavit of the party delivering the citation, in case notice is made by actual delivery, is filed in the proceedings before judgment can be entered against said defendant.  The court in which the action is pending may order such continuance as may be necessary to afford the defendant reasonable opportunity to defend the action.

Added by Acts 1977, No. 674, §1.

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