Andrew Vicknair

Building by Design: Copyrighted Architectural Works and the Implications on the Construction Industry

Marking an important change in U.S. intellectual property law and the construction industry, on December 1, 1990, President George  H.  W.  Bush  signed  into  law  the  Architectural  Works Copyright    Protection   Act    (“AWCPA”),    extending    federal copyright  protection  to architectural  works.  Specifically,  the AWCPA protects the nonfunctional, artistic features of original architectural designs represented in virtually any… [Read More…] about Building by Design: Copyrighted Architectural Works and the Implications on the Construction Industry

Material Suppliers – – Maybe the 75-day notice is not required?

On August 6, 2018 the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal held that a materialman who failed to provide notice per La. R.S. 38:2242(F) could still pursue a claim against the general contractor and the surety on the payment bond on a public works project pursuant to La. R.S. 38:2247.  In doing so, the First Circuit has arguably recognized that the 75-day notice set forth in La. R.S. 38:2242(F) is no longer required in order for a materialman to assert a claim against a public works payment bond under the Louisiana Public Works Act. [Read More…]