Louisiana

Louisiana recognizes the four privacy torts.

Intrusion: A photograph of an “unkempt” house is not intrusive if it is taken from a public view. Jaubert v. Crowley Post-Signal, 375 So.2d 1386 (La. 1979).

Private Facts: A man who was injured at work when a machine exploded won a private facts suit against the company he worked for because it displayed gruesome photographs of the man’s operation as part of its safety training efforts. Lambert v. Dow Chemical Co., 215 So.2d 673 (La. Ct. App. 1968).

Broadcasting a priest’s homemade video of himself engaging in homosexual activity with young men was directly related to matters of public concern, including an elected official’s decision not to bring charges. Cinel v. Connick, 15 F.3d 1338 (5th Cir. 1994).

False Light: The use of stock Mardi Gras parade footage in an “adult” film was not false light invasion because there was no implication connecting any parade participant with the actions of the film’s main characters. Easter Seal Society v. Playboy Enterprises Inc., 530 So.2d 643 (La. Ct. App. 1988).

Chef Paul Prudhomme was permitted to pursue a false light claim over a coffee commercial that featured an actor bearing a “striking resemblance” to Prudhomme. Prudhomme v. The Procter & Gamble Co., 800 F.Supp. 390 (E.D. La. 1992).