A federal appellate court is asking the Louisiana Supreme Court whether a law that was passed to protect oilfield contractors from demands by big oil companies that they be indemnified for their own mistakes also applies to contractors who work on salt mines.

If the answer is yes, QBE Syndicate 1036 may be off the hook for the cost of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a worker who was electrocuted while working on a fire suppression system at a s

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