It probably has to do with the fact that "in-house" attorneys are usually on a salary and the rentee is not going to pay for fees generated by a salaried employee. I do not know how big your company is, but do you have "in-house" attorneys? If not, you'd have to retain an attorney anyway to pursue a claim.
I do not know the contract laws of Louisiana or California, but if you are renting in Louisiana, I agree with the person who said that he wouldn't change the applicable law to that of California. Why should you (or the rentee) pay to have a Louisiana attorney get up to speed on the laws of California should suit need to be filed?
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