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Felder v. Political Firm, L.L.C.

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, First Circuit

April 24, 2015

CASSIE ERIN FELDER
v.
THE POLITICAL FIRM, L.L.C., SCOTT EDWARD HOBBS, AND JASON EDWARD HEBERT

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Appealed from the 19th Judicial District Court In and for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana. Case No. C632055. The Honorable Timothy Kelley, Judge Presiding.

Joshua Paul Melder, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Carla S. Courtney-Harris, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Bradford H. Felder, Lafayette, Louisiana, Counsel for Plaintiff/Appellant, Cassie Erin Felder.

R. Gray Sexton, Todd Hebert, Jodi Bauer, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Counsel for Defendants/Appellees, The Political Firm, L.L.C., Scott Edward Hobbs, and Jason Edward Hebert.

BEFORE: GUIDRY, THERIOT, AND DRAKE, JJ.

OPINION

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[2014 1266 La.App. 1 Cir. 2] THERIOT, J.

Plaintiff seeks review of the trial court's denial of her request for the issuance of a preliminary injunction. Finding that no justiciable issues remain, we dismiss this appeal as moot.

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

On January 9, 2014, Cassie Erin Felder declared her candidacy in the 2014 election for Representative for the United States Congress in the Sixth District of Louisiana [" the election" ]. Prior to declaring her candidacy, Ms. Felder contracted with The Political Firm, LLC, [" TPF" ] a political consulting firm, of which Scott Edward

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Hobbs and Jason Edward Hebert were members. Pursuant to a document entitled " Master Agreement" [" Agreement" ] that was signed on September 18, 2013, TPF agreed to provide general campaign consulting, media consulting, media production, media placement, and direct mail production.

Pertinent to this appeal, Section 3.2 of the Agreement, entitled " Non-Competition," provided that " [w]hile retained by [Felder], [TPF] shall not directly or indirectly engage in any other business that knowingly is in competition in any manner whatsoever with the business of [Felder]." Section 3.4 of the Agreement, entitled " Confidential Information," prohibited each party from copying, disclosing, distributing or making use of any confidential information for its own benefit or for the benefit of a business or entity other than the other party to the Agreement, during the term of the Agreement, without prior written consent.[1] Section 4.1 of the [2014 1266 La.App. 1 Cir. 3] Master Agreement, entitled " Term," provides:

The Term of this Master Agreement is for the 2014 Federal Election Cycle. [TPF] shall provide services to [Felder] pursuant to this Master Agreement immediately on the date specified upon the signing of this Master Agreement. The Term shall remain in effect until December 1, ...

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