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Legal Update: Weber v. BNSF Railway Company (Feb. 2021)

By |2021-04-07T12:28:56-05:00April 7, 2021|

A recent federal court decision reiterates the importance of employers enforcing employee attendance policies to defend against potential lawsuits.  In Weber v. BNSF Railway Company, the U.S. Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment disposing of an employee’s failure-to-accommodate claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), holding that regular worksite attendance, notwithstanding a diagnosis of epilepsy, was an essential job function.

Riess LeMieux Client Prevails Against Builder’s Risk Insurers at Louisiana Supreme Court

By |2021-03-16T14:36:35-05:00March 16, 2021|

On March 2, 2021, the Louisiana Supreme Court made final a ruling in favor of a firm client defending against subrogation claims by insurers who were seeking to recover proceeds paid under a builder’s risk policy. Riess LeMieux is proud to have secured the correct result for its client and to have established legal precedent favoring insurance coverage for contractors and subcontractors in Louisiana.

Legal Update: Haynes Interests, LLC v. Garney Companies (Feb. 2021)

By |2021-03-11T11:48:31-06:00March 11, 2021|

A recent decision from the Louisiana First Circuit serves as a reminder of the importance of reducing oral lease agreements to writing, as well as under what circumstances a lessor owes a duty to protect a lessee from criminal acts of third persons.  The failure to put a lease agreement in writing can make it difficult for a lessee to protect its interests if there is a loss or damage to property, particularly if there is a dispute over the terms of the agreement.

Legal Update: Siboney Contracting Co. v. Dominion Group LLC (February 2021)

By |2021-03-05T10:36:54-06:00March 5, 2021|

Can an unpaid subcontractor assert lien rights against the lessor or owner of property upon which the subcontractor’s work is performed?  It depends on who contracted for and benefited from the work.  A Louisiana federal court recently ruled that a hauling subcontractor’s claim under the Louisiana Private Works Act (LPWA) could not be asserted against the owner and lessor of property where excess fill was hauled because the work did not inure to their benefit and they did not have actual control over the project. 

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