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Shields Mott L.L.P. Partners, Adrian D’Arcy and Andrew Vicknair Presented Webinars Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction and Surety Industries

On April 17, 2020 and May 8, 2020, Shields Mott L.L.P. partners, Adrian D’Arcy and Andrew Vicknair presented two webinars regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the construction and surety industries. On April 17, 2020, on behalf of Lorman Education Services, Adrian and Andy presented a 95 minute long webinar: Construction Industry Issues Caused by… [Read More…] about Shields Mott L.L.P. Partners, Adrian D’Arcy and Andrew Vicknair Presented Webinars Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Construction and Surety Industries

Shields Mott L.L.P.’s Webinars: Contractors and Coronavirus; Contract and Other Issues in the Current Environment – a Great Success!

On March 25, 2020, and March 27, 2020, on behalf of  Louisiana Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders & Contractors, Bayou Chapter, respectively, Shields Mott partners, Lloyd Shields, Betsy Gordon, Adrian D’Arcy, and Andrew Vicknair presented a live webinar on Contractors and Coronavirus – Contract and Other Issues in the Current Environment. The hour-long video… [Read More…] about Shields Mott L.L.P.’s Webinars: Contractors and Coronavirus; Contract and Other Issues in the Current Environment – a Great Success!

Short and (Not) Sweet: The Bitter Aftertaste of Ambiguous Contracts

On April 22, 2020, the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal (“the Second Circuit”) held a contractor liable to the owner for his defective performance as well as project completion costs after his termination. The ruling stemmed from a contract that included ambiguous provisions and terms. While consistent with other Louisiana court holdings, this holding should serve as a reminder that contractors should carefully draft their construction contracts. [Read More…] 

Employment Arbitration: Blessing or Burden?

Instead of utilizing the court system, many employers use arbitration to resolve disputes that arise with a disgruntled employee. The employment agreement itself may contain a provision that specifies the right to arbitrate, or the employer may have a separate document that outlines this choice. But what exactly is arbitration? More importantly, what are the benefits and burdens of choosing arbitration? These are questions every employer should consider. [Read More…] 

Louisiana’s New A+B Bidding Method “Pilot Program”

Effective August 1, 2019, the Louisiana legislature introduced a pilot program authorizing a significant change to Louisiana’s public bidding process called “A+B Bidding.”  With the introduction of this new bidding method on public projects, are the traditional built-in discretionary bidding limitations about to come to an end? [Read More…] 

Insurance Coverage for Contractual Liabilities in Construction: What You Need to Cover Your Ass(ets)

Many contractors assume they purchased CGL coverage to protect themselves from potential risks of doing business, including some contractual promises and exposures related to bodily injury and property damages. “Exclusions” in CGL policies could result in a contractor being left responsible and paying for unexpected business risks, including those it may have assumed contractually. It is important that all “exclusions” in CGL policies, including the “contractual liability” exclusion discussed herein, be considered when drafting construction contracts and selecting insurance coverage. [Read More…]