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Case Update: Sewell v. Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (La. App. 4 Cir. May 29, 2019)

In a major victory for federal contractors, a Louisiana appeals court affirmed a trial court’s determination that the Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) is solely liable for damages to several...

June 11, 2019

Case Update: Cotton Exchange Investment v. Xcel Air Conditioning (E.D. La. May 3, 2019)

It is black-letter law that architects owe a professional duty of care to third parties, but recovery for design errors is limited in the absence of a contract.   In a recent federal decision, the...

May 28, 2019

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