Architect Liability - Dismissal

  • Mr. Murphy obtained the dismissal of a subcontractor’s claims against an architect on the grounds the claims had prescribed.
    Landis & James Construction Company v. Gee Cee Corporation, 669 So.2d 1265 (La. App. 4th Cir. 1996).    
  • Mr. Murphy secured the dismissal of multi-million dollar claims brought by an electrical subcontractor against an architect for the construction of a military hospital; the decision reconciled which prescriptive period under Louisiana law applies to claims brought by a contractor against a designer when no contractual privity exists between the two parties.
    Merchants National Bank & Trust Co. of Indianapolis v. Smith, Hinchman & Grylls Associates, Inc. and The Mathes Group, 876 F.2d 1202 (5th Cir. 1989).