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Case Update: Creekstone Juban I, L.L.C. v. XL Insurance America, Inc. (La. May 8, 2019)

The Louisiana Supreme Court rendered a split decision that will have major ramifications for insureds in Louisiana.  The court’s decision in Creekstone Juban I, L.L.C. v. XL Insurance America, Inc.

May 16, 2019

Case Update: Alonso v. Westcoast Corp. (5th Cir. April 8, 2019)

A recent federal court decision has significant ramifications for the validity of oral change orders and the enforceability of no-damages-for-delay clauses in construction contracts.  In Alonso v....

May 02, 2019

Case Update: Parrish v. Premier Directional Drilling, L.P., 917 F.3d 369 (5th Cir. 2019)

The preference to hire independent contractors instead of employees has become more common in many industries, as the line that divides employees and independent contractors has continued to blur....

April 11, 2019

Case Update: 84 Lumber Co. v. Continental Casualty Co.

In a decision interpreting the notice requirements of the Louisiana Public Works Act (LPWA), the U.S. Fifth Circuit ruled that a sub-subcontractor’s email to a general contractor’s lawyer does not...

March 26, 2019

Case Update: U.S. Specialty Insurance Co. v. Strategic Planning Associates, LLC (Jan. 23, 2019)

In a case that illustrates the duties and rights of a performance bond surety, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana held that a surety does not owe a fiduciary duty to its...

March 26, 2019

Case Update: U.S. Fifth Circuit Allows OSHA To Cite Contractors Solely For Putting Other Companies’ Employees At Risk

In a milestone decision overturning more than thirty-seven years of precedent, the federal Fifth Circuit, in Acosta v. Hansel Phelps Construction Company, 909, F.3d 723 (5th Cir. 2018),  has ruled...

January 22, 2019

Case Update: Federal Fifth Circuit Reverses Arbitrator in Collective Bargaining Agreement Case

An arbitrator was held to have exceeded his authority when holding that a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) between the AFL-CIO union and Southwest Airlines, relating to deadlines for filing...

January 18, 2019

Case Update: LeBlanc Marine, L.L.C. v. State of Louisiana

The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion in LeBlanc Marine, L.L.C. v. State of Louisiana (2018-CA-434)reiterating the Court’s opinion that, when a public entity...

November 14, 2018