Shields Mott Blog

The Latest Installment in the Pierce-Gootee Saga

The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court have been engaged in an extended “conversation” about the significance or the necessity of filing a statement of claim (“lien”) under the Louisiana Public Works Act, a conversation which is turning lien law as practiced for 30 years by Louisiana construction lawyers on… [Read More…] about The Latest Installment in the Pierce-Gootee Saga

Shields | Mott L.L.P Wins Reinstatement of $15.4 Million Louisiana Private Works Act Lien

In a recent appellate decision obtained by Shields | Mott L.L.P., the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal held that cancellation of a Louisiana Private Works Act lien was manifestly erroneous where a contractor  met all proper lien requirements, particularly the requirement of reasonably itemizing the elements comprising its claim.  In 225 Baronne Complex, LLC… [Read More…] about Shields | Mott L.L.P Wins Reinstatement of $15.4 Million Louisiana Private Works Act Lien

Performance Bond Pleading Pitfalls…and Surety Defenses

In the recent decision of 84 Lumber Company v. F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Assocs., LLC, No. 12-1748, 2017 WL 467679 (E.D. La. Feb. 3, 2017), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed a general contractor’s claims against a project surety, holding that the contractor had not adequately pled satisfaction… [Read More…] about Performance Bond Pleading Pitfalls…and Surety Defenses

AIA Documents

Every decade, the AIA reviews and updates the standard form construction documents that are typically used in the construction industry.  The AIA has recently released 11 revised versions of the forms and contracts documents.  They anticipate the release of 18 more documents in the fall of 2017. The AIA’s most helpful publications concerning the new… [Read More…] about AIA Documents