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Baton Rouge court to hear suit over salt water well construction

Lawsuits related to building projects can arise in a number of different contexts. Sometimes issues arise while a project is underway, such as disputes over contract obligations or design specifications. Other challenges, such as construction defect complaints, may arise only after a project has been completed. Increasingly, with the proliferation of environmental, safety and zoning regulation over the past few decades, construction litigation may commence during the planning stages of a project.

Drywall safety law passes on Louisiana senator's amendments

Baton Rouge readers may be interested to learn that a bill intended to address toxic drywall issues received overwhelming congressional approval and is headed to the president's desk for signing. According to Louisiana senator David Vitter, who sponsored a Senate amendment that cleared the way for the bill's passage through Congress, the legislation would prohibit the future sale of unsafe drywall and identify existing toxic drywall stock to ensure that it will not be used in any future construction projects.

Subcontractor sues for payment on Baton Rouge casino project

A suite of subcontractor liens relating to construction of Baton Rouge's L'Auberge Casino and Hotel has the casino's owner, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, pointing a finger at the project's general contractor, Manhattan Construction Company. Four subcontractors have filed liens ranging between $33,500 and $2.3 million for payment of services rendered prior to completion of the $368 million complex.

Lawsuit filed over large Louisiana home construction

Readers in Baton Rouge may be familiar with the posh Metairie Club Gardens neighborhood in New Orleans. In an area where the average home price runs in excess of $1 million, the neighborhood homeowners' association has filed construction litigation to stop further work on a massive new house the organization claims is being built in violation of zoning laws. Court documents claim that the homeowners and the parish planning department gained approval for construction permits using plans that did not accurately represent the completed height of the house.

East Baton Rouge highway plan headed for construction litigation

Tensions between city-parish officials and a group of East Baton Rouge homeowners continue to rise over plans for the development of a four-lane highway. In addition to complaints that the city-parish failed to adequately compensate homeowners for land appropriated under eminent domain authority, residents have raised concerns over construction plans. As the project moves ahead, two homeowners have joined over a dozen others in filing a lawsuit, and it appears likely that the city-parish will soon find itself embroiled in construction litigation.

Survey of CEOs finds Louisiana most improved state for business

Some promising news for Louisiana's economy broke this week, as a poll conducted by Chief Executive magazine shows that Louisiana is the 13th best state for business. Last year, Louisiana ranked 27th in the same poll, making our state's leap in the rankings the highest in the nation. The survey was conducted nationwide and polled CEOs on topics including living environment, tax structure, regulatory environment and workforce quality.

More construction litigation ahead as economy picks up

As the economy begins to improve and more construction projects get underway, it's safe to assume that more construction litigation in Louisiana is just around the corner. And while no big headlines are in the Louisiana papers as of late, other states are already seeing an increase in construction and the disputes that often come with it.

Government not liable for formaldehyde-laden trailers

Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, provided thousands of homeless Louisiana residents with trailers at no cost to the residents and under no obligation. Unfortunately, the temporary shelters FEMA provided Gulf Coast residents were laden with formaldehyde. Since the poor quality of the FEMA trailers became national news, the federal government has passed legislation concerning the construction of mobile homes, and Louisiana residents who are concerned with construction law will want to stay abreast of how the changes will affect construction.

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