Tenant Can't Avoid Summary Eviction Suit by Moving Case to Federal Court

What Happened: After paying only partial rent in April, Bed Bath & Beyond (BB&B) paid no rent in May, claiming that the Louisiana governor’s COVID-19 order closing “all malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products” triggered the force majeure clause of the lease. The landlord contended the order didn’t cover BB&B and began a summary eviction proceeding in Louisiana state court.

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