Shields Mott Blog

Call to Action

The case of Golden Nugget Lake Charles, L.L.C. v. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, No. 16-30496, — F.3d — (5th Cir. 2017), 2017 WL 892407, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (“Fifth Circuit”) held that, where a project owner never took affirmative action to file a notice of substantial completion,… [Read More…] about Call to Action

Louisiana Construction Law and News Update

Work of the 2016 Legislature While this year was a busy one for the Louisiana legislature, few direct changes to the laws impacting general contractors, subcontractors, or sureties were made. Most proposed legislation relating to the construction industry was referred to committees for further review, further revision, or rejection. One noteworthy change is an amendment… [Read More…] about Louisiana Construction Law and News Update

Intellectual Property Corner

A common industry misconception is that a building design must be Frank Lloyd Wright-innovative to be copyrightable. Under the law, the level of detail and creativity required to be worthy of copyright protection is a relatively low bar; the standard benchmark is a mere dash of originality. That said, the sheer copyrightability of a building’s… [Read More…] about Intellectual Property Corner

Where It’s At (With Apologies to Our English Teachers)

One recent decision, Ryan Gootee General Contractors, L.L.C. v. Plaquemines Parish School Board, 2015-0678 (La. App. 4 Cir. 11/18/15), 2015 WL 7356420, is a good reminder that where you file suit can just as easily doom your case as bad facts. In Gootee, the Plaquemines Parish School Board (“School Board”) issued an advertisement for bids… [Read More…] about Where It’s At (With Apologies to Our English Teachers)