When a corporation says its business is going to take on a case against a competitor, the company will be able to offer up a whole bunch of other things.
That’s because the company has to prove that it’s the real deal and the company doesn’t have the right to sue, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The ruling came in a class action lawsuit filed by the company, American Flower Service Corporation, and the other two companies in the suit against the state of Louisiana.
If the state loses the case, the class will have to settle or pay out money, according to a copy of the decision released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
“The state cannot be allowed to pursue its malicious, baseless, and unreasonable conduct through frivolous litigation,” Judge Richard Berman wrote in his opinion.
The decision has huge implications for other companies, including many of the companies that are part of the “flower service” industry.
The court noted that some of these businesses have been around for decades and have a lot of experience.
For example, many of them have been in the flower service business since the 1940s.
The class action lawsuits, which are still ongoing, seek damages from the state for not providing flowers for the state’s employees, as required by Louisiana law.
The state, however, argued that the class was already represented by the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, which is the same organization that is representing the companies, and that its members were the only ones with legal standing to sue.
“I’m concerned that the state is simply trying to intimidate these small businesses,” attorney Charles W. Dann said in a statement.
“We hope that this decision will be the first step in ensuring that this is not allowed to happen again.”
The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed last year by American Flower Services against Louisiana, which it said “has refused to provide flowers to state employees for a variety of reasons,” including because it believes the flower industry has a monopoly over the supply.
In an email to Mashable, a spokeswoman for the Chamber of Business said that the association has “no comment on this particular litigation.”
The Louisiana Chamber, however noted that it “takes seriously our role as a public interest organization that advocates for Louisiana’s flower industry and its workers.”
“As a private business, we have a duty to provide our employees with flowers,” the spokeswoman said.
“This is why we are filing a complaint today.
We hope that the court recognizes that this business model is not sustainable.”