Shields Mott Blog

Shields Mott Win – Construction Managers can now be liable to Contractors

On March 9, 2018 the Louisiana Supreme Court denied Jacobs Project Management Co./CRSS Consortium (“Jacobs”) writ of certiorari regarding the Louisiana Court of Appeals, First Circuit December 6, 2017, decision in the case.  In doing so, the Louisiana Supreme Court has arguably blessed the concept that contractors have a right of action against construction/project managers even through no contractual relationship exists between a contractor and a construction/project manager. [Read More…]

Houston, We Have a Problem: Could Legal Codes, Land Use Regulations, and Zoning Requirements Blunted Harvey’s Devastation?

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than twenty-seven trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana in six days. As of October 13, 2017, at least eighty-eight fatalities had been confirmed, most of which were drownings. Many locations in the Houston metropolitan area observed between thirty and fifty inches of precipitation; more than Houston usually receives in a year. [Read More…]

AIA’s Latest Green Building Document: E204-2017 – Sustainable Projects Exhibit

This spring, the AIA unveiled the latest updates to its core set of documents and added the E204-2017 as an exhibit that can be used on any project and added to most AIA contracts to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable design and construction services. Proponents/authors of the exhibit argue that it can add “big value to your project on five unique ways. Also, another commentator calls the E204-2017 a “game changer.” So does the E204-2017 live up to the hype? [Read More…]