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Michael Blackwell Will Present at the Construction Management Association of America Professional Development Session
Michael Blackwell will present "Recent Developments in Louisiana Construction Law" at the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Professional Development Session on Thursday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Michael's presentation will cover recent trends regarding the construction law landscape for both public and private sector clients. In addition, he will get you up-to-date on the latest happenings and provide insight into how to avoid issues and protect yourself during the construction process.
Case Update: Barbara Technologies Corp. v. State Farm Lloyds and Ortiz v. State Farm Lloyds (Tex. 2019)
The Supreme Court of Texas dealt a heavy blow to insurers with two opinions that will subject insurance companies to steep damages for violating Texas’ Prompt Pay statute (TPPCA) when the insurer invokes an appraisal clause and does not pay within the 60-day window required by statute.
Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Michael Blackwell to the firm. Michael brings experience in Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Governmental Contracts and Surety Law, and Real Estate Law. He also regularly lectures on these matters. The firm is excited about the experience and energy that he brings to the firm.
Riess LeMieux, LLC is pleased to announce that Christopher K. LeMieux has been named to the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Chris is being recognized in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation - Construction. Congratulations to Chris for this highly regarded honor.
Firm partner, Jonathan Forester, was interviewed by WWL Channel 4 in connection with an investigative report concerning a lawsuit filed to stop the City’s improper rebidding of a public contract which had already been awarded to a Riess LeMieux client.
Several important laws affecting the construction industry were passed by the Louisiana Legislature and signed into law by the governor in the 2019 Regular Session. The new legislation includes the most expansive overhaul of the Louisiana Private Works Act in nearly 40 years, a new law that allows local governments to use the A+B (cost plus time) bidding method, and significant amendments to the law governing the contractor licensing board.
Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Casey Q. O'Flynn to the firm. Prior to joining Riess LeMieux, Casey worked in the Real Estate Funds Group of a Big Four advisory firm in Atlanta, where he advised both acquirers and targets in REIT M&A transactions totaling in the billions of dollars. Casey has significant experience navigating myriad issues involved in successfully structuring, negotiating, and closing these transactions. Casey's addition bolsters the firm’s depth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of taxation, real estate transactions, financing, and corporate structuring.
In a major victory for federal contractors, a Louisiana appeals court affirmed a trial court’s determination that the Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) is solely liable for damages to several homeowners stemming from the Uptown drainage work performed by three contractors under the auspices of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Notably, the court found that there was “no evidence that any of the contractors breached their contracts, negligently or otherwise.”