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General Contractors Now Liable In Private Construction For Wage And Fringe Benefit Liabilities Of Subcontractors

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1701. This law imposes liability on general contractors for wage and fringe benefit liabilities of its subcontractors. This law applies to all contracts entered...more

Federal Court Holds That Under Louisiana Law, Actual Notice Of Cause Of Delay Satisfies Contractual Notice Requirement Despite...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125012 (E.D. La. August 8, 2017) - The Housing Authority of New Orleans (“the Authority”) contracted with Parkcrest Builders, LLC (“Parkcrest”)...more

Construction One-Minute Read: California Officials Put Additional Pressure on General Contractors to Prevent Wage Theft

General contractors’ top priorities on a construction project are completing the work on time, completing the work within budget, and guarding against future construction defect claims. New and pending laws in California,...more

Do you know the full extent of your contractual obligations (and can you meet them)?

by Dentons on

In 125 OBS (Nominees 1) & Anor v. Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd & Anor [2017] EWHC 25 (TCC), the court found the contractor liable for the highly publicised failure of glass panels at a prestigious building in London....more

A Lesson on Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Solar Construction

Late last year, a federal trial court in New York awarded a solar development company $11.6 million in damages against Suffolk County arising out of a dispute on a multi-site carport solar construction project. The basis for...more

Construction Contracts: When Is Industry Best Practice Not Good Enough?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A recent ruling in MT Højgaard A/S v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited by the UK Supreme Court gives guidance on construction contracts where the contractor undertakes both to deliver a...more

Force Majeure during Construction – Are you Ready? (From the Owner’s Perspective)

by King & Spalding on

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have come and gone. Looking back, were you ready? What should you be doing to prepare for the next hurricane? Lawyers spend considerable amounts of time defining the scope of force majeure...more

U.S. Court Of Claims Denies Contractor’s “Superior Knowledge” Claim Against Owner Despite Owner’s Withholding Of Reports That...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

RDA Constr. Corp. v. United States, No. 11-555 C, 2017 U.S. Claims LEXIS 875 (Fed. Cl. July 27, 2017) - This case arises out of a public construction project at the Newport Naval Station. The Naval Facilities Engineering...more

Singapore Court confirms limited scope for adjudication set aside

by White & Case LLP on

In Mataban Development Pte Ltd v Black Knight Warrior Pte Ltd, a respondent-owner failed to serve a valid payment response under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act ('SOP Act'). The adjudicator thus...more

No implied obligation to work with due diligence and expedition

by White & Case LLP on

The Singapore Court of Appeal has recently held that there was no implied term of due diligence and expedition in a construction contract. This case aligns the Singaporean approach with that of the English courts....more

Public Construction Contracts - Changes

by Ruder Ware on

The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a new bill that would significantly change requirements for competitive bidding of public construction contracts by local government units and school districts. Currently, school...more

Vineyard buyer's fraud claim dying on the vine

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Sellers of a vineyard were exonerated of a claim for fraud because they “could not be held liable for nondisclosure in the absence of evidence they had actual knowledge of the facts to be disclosed.” In Opinion - RSB...more

Who says you can’t choose between liquidated damages or actual damages?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Colorado, courts enforce liquidated damages provisions if three elements are satisfied: (1) the parties intended to liquidate damages; (2) the amount of liquidated damages was a reasonable estimate of the presumed actual...more

Concurrent delay and the 'prevention principle'

by White & Case LLP on

In a judgment issued earlier this week, the English High Court considered whether a contract excluding any claim for an extension of time in respect of periods of concurrent delay caused time to be rendered "at large" due to...more

Appellate Court Holds That The New Mexico Unfair Practices Act Applies To A “Services” Contract For The Construction Of A Home,...

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Fogelson v. Bozzone, 2017 N.M. App. LEXIS 58 (July 26, 2017) - In May of 2008, Wallen Development, LLC (“Wallen”) entered into a written agreement to construct and sell a new home to David and Corinne Fogelson...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

Eighth Circuit Holds That A Motion To Dismiss Based On An Arbitration Clause Is Not A Challenge To The Court’s Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

A municipality sued the company that constructed its water treatment facility, in connection with contaminants found in the water supply. The parties had entered into a series of agreements which contained choice of law and...more

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...more

The Consequences of Failing to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Prior To Filing Suit - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3...

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appeals court covering Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss a contractor’s breach of contract...more

Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps: 4 Takeaways

On September 20, Peterson Sullivan and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt partnered to host a seminar titled Avoiding Tax and Legal Missteps for the Construction Industry. Below are some of the key takeaways to consider...more

Washington Mechanic’s Liens: How Recent Changes Impact Contractors

Construction contracting is a complex business. Whether you are the owner, contractor, or general contractor on a project, your attention must shift between numerous moving parts, regulatory requirements, and deadlines as the...more

Contractor Assumes Non-Delegable Duty of Care for Safety of All Project Employees Through Standard Form Contract - Construction...

The construction industry’s use of standard form contracts (such as the AIA family of documents) is widespread and provides parties with consistent terms that govern their respective project obligations and the allocation of...more

Enforcing Public Contracts against a Surety

This summer, the Washington Supreme Court ended a long dispute within the construction industry and issued an opinion finding that a performance bond is, in essence, an insurance contract. The court made clear that a public...more

Liquidated damages for sectional completion

by White & Case LLP on

In the recent English High Court case of Vinci Construction UK Ltd v. Beumer Group UK Ltd, the court considered whether liquidated damages were enforceable under a construction contract which provided for sectional...more

Arbitration Award Ruling That, Because of Cultural Differences, a Local Afghan Subcontractor Is Not Bound by the F.A.R. Provisions...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Aspic Eng’g & Constr. Co. v. ECC Centcom Constructors, LLC, No. 17-cv-00224-YGR, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111767, at *10-12 (N.D. Cal. July 18, 2017) - This matter came before the Court on a motion to vacate a final...more

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