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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

A primer for contractors: Getting paid -- fact or fiction?

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As a contractor, getting paid for work completed isn't always as easy as collecting onsite or sending an invoice. Hellmuth & Johnson construction law attorney Blake Nelson answers fact or fiction when it comes to collections,...more

Australian case update: Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd

by DLA Piper on

SNAPSHOT - In Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 661, the English Court of Appeal delivered an important judgment in favour of lenders in a valuer’s negligence case, which has...more

Ohio Court Holds No Coverage for Misrepresentation Claims

In its recent decision in Lakeside Terrace Home Sales, Ltd. v. Arrowood Indem. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114828 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, had occasion to...more

Don't make promises you cannot keep: Developer behaviour in the spotlight

by Dentons on

In Ottercroft Ltd v. Scandia Care Ltd (1) and Rahimain (2), the court of Appeal has upheld a first instance decision to award an injunction against a developer who infringed an adjoining owner's rights of light. ...more

Building Around a Tenant

by Reed Smith on

How much redevelopment and refurbishment work can a landlord do when it has a tenant in occupation? The recent case of Timothy Taylor Limited v Mayfair House Corporation provides a useful reminder of the obligations owed by...more

Real News - Spring 2016

by DLA Piper on

Earlier this year, David Cameron fired the starting gun on whether Britain should continue its membership of the EU. As we all know, the potential effect of a Brexit is a topic which has divided the opinions not only of our...more

Owners and Developers Beware: Federal Law Preempts Your Remedies Against Design Professionals for ADA Violations

by Clark Hill PLC on

Recent years have seen a proliferation of lawsuits against building owners and businesses for violation of the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Not only restaurants, but also hotels,...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Single Tenant Finish Mechanics Liens Encumber Entire Mall

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On April 12, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District handed down an opinion Crafton Contracting Company, et al. v. Swenson Construction, Inc., that is of interest to owner/landlords, their lenders,...more

Federal Court in Georgia Holds Specific Contractual Intent to Benefit Required for Tenant to Be Third-Party Beneficiary of...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

J.C. Penney Props. v. Hiram LL, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8027 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 25, 2016) - In January 2008, Hiram LL, LLC (“Hiram”) leased property to J.C. Penney Properties, Inc. (“J.C. Penney”) for the construction and...more

[Event] Construction Liens: Understand the Complexities; Protect Your Interest - Jan. 13th, Grand Rapids, MI

by Dickinson Wright on

Please join us to learn about the Michigan Construction Lien Act and other important laws affecting the construction industry. Learn how to use the lien act to secure payment for your work and avoid common...more

California Court of Appeal affirms vitality of California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 800) against construction defect claims

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The California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, issued a published opinion last week holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (Act, commonly known in the homebuilding industry as SB 800, applies to all claims by...more

Fourth District Holds Losing CEQA Plaintiff’s Mooted Appeal Was Not “Catalyst” To City’s Revocation Of Project Entitlements After...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In an opinion filed June 8, and ordered published on July 6, 2015, the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying a CEQA plaintiff’s motion for attorneys’ fees under CCP § 1021.5,...more

Letters of the Law: 'L' is for Lien

by DLA Piper on

Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants cite “not getting paid” as one of the biggest challenges to operating in the construction industry in Qatar. Understandably, companies are starting to look for...more

When It Comes to Property Acquisitions and Private Development, Timing May Be Everything

by Nossaman LLP on

As the old adage goes, the three most important things to consider with real estate are location, location, and location. But any developer who has lived through a real estate cycle, and any public agency that is under a...more

Construction Contract Claims Against a Third-Party Lender? The Unforeseen Consequences of a Standard Practice

For those of us who commonly represent lenders, there is nothing more unsettling than hearing the words “course and pattern of conduct” or “dominion and control” or some variation of the same. Any suit where someone seeks to...more

2015 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Real Estate Lending

The following information accompany a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on May 12, 2015. A summary of legislative amendments enacted during the most recent...more

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

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Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...more

Recent Changes to the Mechanics’ Law

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Mechanics’ Lien - • An In Rem lien (against real property). • For the payment of all debts due by an owner to a contractor (or by a contractor to his subcontractors) for Labor or Materials furnished....more

Mechanics Lien Subordination: Illinois Further Limits Construction Lenders’ Ability To Ensure Priority Against Mechanics Liens

On July 16, 2014, Illinois enacted Public Act 98-764 (Senate Bill 3023) (“SB 3023”), which amends the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act (770 ILCS 60/ et seq.) (the “Act”) to prohibit subordination of mechanics liens on Illinois...more

Summary of California’s Prompt Payment Laws

by Snell & Wilmer on

The California legislature has enacted a comprehensive series of prompt payment statutes that are designed to ensure the prompt payment of progress payments and retention payments to downstream contractors by imposing harsh...more

Are You Done Yet? Compensation for Impacts of Public Works in Alberta

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During the recent resurfacing of Bow Trail there was a message posted on a pylon sign by an adjacent business owner that read “Bow Trail is not Rome. Please Complete” (see “Road Construction Delays Cause Headaches for...more

North Dakota Supreme Court Establishes Defense to “No Damage for Delay” Clause

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In June 2014, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued its decision in C&C Plumbing & Heating, LLP v. Williams County et al, No. 20130297. The Court articulated a new defense to the application of a “no damage for delay” clause....more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

by Lane Powell PC on

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Once More Asked to Interpret AIA Standard Construction Contract

by Pavlack Law, LLC on

This week's discussion focuses on the interpretation of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) standard construction contract by the Indiana Court of Appeals in the recent case Allen County Public Library v. Shambaugh &...more

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