Author Archives: Kenneth Engerrand

October 2
2013

Fifth Circuit: heterosexual male supervisor can create a hostile work environment for a heterosexual male employee.

In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Boh Brothers Construction Co.,  Case No. 11-30770 (5th Cir. Sept. 27, 2013) (revised Sept. 30, 2013) (en banc) the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the employer of an … Read full post…

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October 2
2013

Fifth Circuit: non-subscriber can’t always escape liability based on employee’s knowledge of defect; affirms summary judgment on gross negligence.

In Randy Austin v. Kroger Texas, L.P., Case No. 12-10772 (5th Cir. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a non-subscriber employer cannot escape liability based solely on an employee’s knowledge of … Read full post…

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January 14
2013

Texas Supreme Court – Due Diligence Clause Does Not Override Shift of Risk to Contractor That Acknowledges Potential for Hidden Additional Work

El Paso Field Services, L.P. v. MasTec North America, Inc., No. 10-0648 (Tex. Dec. 21, 2012).  The Texas Supreme Court harmonizes the contractual risk-allocation provisions in a contract in light of the due diligence specifications in the contract. El Paso … Read full post…

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Posted in Texas / Uncategorized
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January 14
2013

Fifth Circuit: May A Court Dismiss A Petition to Confirm a Foreign Arbitration Award Based upon A Lack of Personal Jurisdiction?

  First Investment Corp. of the Marshall Islands v. Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding, Ltd., No. 12-30377 (5th Cir. Dec. 21, 2012).   Covington Marine Corp. v. Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry Co., No. 12-30383 (5th Cir. Dec. 21, 2012). These cases presented the … Read full post…

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Posted in Florida / Louisiana / Texas
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December 13
2012

Southern District of Florida: Corrosion to insured property is not property damage under a CGL policy

Granting the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, Federal District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division, found that  corrosion caused by the addition of a powdered coating to railings … Read full post…

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