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How to Follow the Steps in the Lien Process

By |2021-06-29T14:28:25-05:00June 28, 2021|

Riess LeMieux recently partnered with Levelset to prepare a series of videos providing guidance to contractors on a host of topics.  In this video, Jonathan S. Forester explains the importance of following the correct steps in the lien process.

Legal Update: World War II Theatre, Inc. v. Desimone Consulting Engineering Group, LLC, et al. (April 2021)

By |2021-04-28T13:55:54-05:00April 28, 2021|

A federal court recently considered the admissibility of expert testimony in a dispute between the owner of the World War II Museum hotel and several project consultants concerning delays allegedly caused by design errors.  In World War II Theatre, Inc. v. Desimone Consulting Engineering Group, LLC, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled on competing motions to exclude expert testimony.

OSHA Update

By |2021-04-26T13:39:25-05:00April 26, 2021|

OSHA recently issued new FAQs concerning employers who may require employees to be vaccinated. Adverse reactions to the vaccines are considered “work-related” by OSHA. Employers who require COVID-19 vaccines must notify OSHA within 24 hours of an employee’s inpatient hospitalization (or within eight hours of an employee’s death) resulting from an adverse reaction.

Building Success: Riess LeMieux Client Prevails in $90 Million Bid Dispute at Louisiana Supreme Court

By |2020-12-11T09:01:42-06:00December 11, 2020|

The project involved repair and mitigation construction services at the Main Campus for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  The project was publicly advertised for bids by the State of Louisiana, Division of Administration. The lowest monetary bidder was determined to be ineligible for the award due to unit-price errors on its bid form. The firm’s client had submitted the second lowest monetary bid, which the DOA determined to be responsive.  As a result, the DOA awarded the project to the firm’s client as the lowest responsive bidder.

Legal Update: Berkel & Co. Contractors, Inc. v. Lee (Nov. 2020)

By |2020-12-08T10:37:03-06:00December 8, 2020|

In a recent decision concerning the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act (TWCA), the Texas Supreme Court emphasized the high bar plaintiffs must meet to satisfy the narrow “intentional tort” exception in the statute.  As in many other states, a Texas worker’s injuries sustained during the course of employment are exclusively governed by the TWCA.  The only exception that would allow a worker to sue an employer for damages outside the purview of the TWCA is if the employer intentionally caused the worker’s injuries.  The Texas Supreme Court ruled that an employer who commits gross negligence or deliberately ignores a risk of injury to an employee does not meet the definition of “intentional” under the TWCA.

Riess LeMieux Ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”

By |2020-11-10T10:33:31-06:00November 9, 2020|

Riess LeMieux has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” regional lists. The firm has been ranked Tier 1 for Construction Law and Litigation and Tier 3 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. This announcement follows the news that four attorneys were recently selected to Best Lawyers 2021 publication.

Riess LeMieux Names Michael S. Blackwell Partner in the Firm

By |2020-10-30T14:04:10-05:00October 30, 2020|

We are proud to announce that Michael S. Blackwell has been named partner in the firm. He brings experience in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Governmental Contracts and Surety Law, and Real Estate Law and regularly lectures on these matters.  Michael was named to both the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Riess LeMieux Welcomes M. Ali Barnes to the Firm

By |2020-10-14T12:32:46-05:00October 14, 2020|

Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Ali Barnes to the firm.  Ali brings to the firm experience in construction law, commercial litigation, employment and labor law, transactional law, and insurance law.  She has previously served as a prosecutor and as an Assistant City Attorney in Mobile, Alabama.  She also has worked for a family business on complex estate, trust, and insurance matters.

Legal Update: Proposed Department of Labor Rule

By |2020-10-08T10:32:31-05:00October 8, 2020|

The Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule to determine whether workers are considered employees or independent contractors.  If adopted, the new five-factor test will implement an updated standard by which companies must classify workers as either employees or independent contractors for the purpose of workers’ compensation and labor laws.

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