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Documenting Your Build-to-Suit Transaction: The Importance of the Request for Proposal

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is a critical document in a build-to-suit (BTS) transaction, but often does not get the attention it deserves. In addition to laying out the project scope, the RFP is the tenant’s opportunity to...more

Letters of the Law: 'K' is for KPIs

Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) are sets of data against which the performance of a project or the organisations involved in delivering the project can be measured. KPIs are quantifiable measurements, agreed in...more

Supreme Court of New Jersey Determines When Statute of Repose Begins to Run for a Mechanical System Serving a Project Completed in...

State v. Perini Corp., 2015 N.J. LEXIS 388 (N.J. April 30, 2015) - The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that for an improvement supplying critical utilities to multiple buildings constructed as part of a multi-phase...more

Texas Supreme Court Eliminates Premises Liability for Concurrent Acts of Premises Employees

In Magdalena Adrienna Abutahoun, et al. v. The Dow Chemical Company, 2015 WL 2147979, the Supreme Court of Texas affirmed the overturning of a jury verdict against Dow, finding it owed no duty related to the plaintiffs’...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The Senate started its budget process this week, with a draft schedule being handed out to senators on Wednesday outlining precisely how the General Assembly can have a budget in place and approved by June 30. Distributed at...more

Minnesota Legislature Tweaks Responsible Contractor Act

The Minnesota legislature recently passed a bill amending Minnesota’s Responsible Contractor Act. Going into the session, contractor lobbyists knew they could not expect of the law to be repealed. Their goal was to reduce...more

Construction Corner: Identifying the Need for a Construction Manager for Your School Construction Project

Now that we have reviewed the necessary steps for a successful solicitation process for a design professional, we will focus on the role a construction manager may play and offer suggestions on how to identify whether or not...more

North Carolina Achieves Financial Close on State’s First Highway Public-Private Partnership

North Carolina, acting through the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), reached a major milestone on May 20, 2015 when financial close was achieved on the I-77 Express Lanes Project – the first highway...more

E-Discovery- Bring Back the Boxes

It is not uncommon, in the litigation of a federal construction claim, for the Government to produce gigabytes of electronic data, amounting to thousands and thousands of documents, in response to a motion for the production...more

Construction Manager at Risk Held to Assume the Risk of Design Changes on Massachusetts Public Construction Project

The Massachusetts Superior Court (County of Worcester) held in Coghlin Electrical Contractors, Inc. v. Gilbane Building Co. and Travelers & Surety Company of America decided on June 24, 2014 that a Construction Manager at...more

Did the Court of Appeals Just Raise the Bar for California Contractors to Self-Report Construction-Related Judgments?

An interesting construction case just came out from the California Court of Appeals for the Second District this past month – Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros., Inc., California Court of Appeals for the Second...more

Housing Building Jumps in April

According to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, home builders have ratcheted up construction in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million units. This is a 20.2% increase from March and...more

A Watershed Moment for Business, Industry, and Agriculture: EPA Releases Final Clean Water Rule

On May 27, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a final rule clarifying what bodies of water are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water...more

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed rule on Section 3 regulations

As a follow up to our March 24, 2015 and April 1, 2015 posts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice updating the interim regulation at 24 CFR Part 135, which provides for compliance...more

Tamawood v Habitare: A Recent Australian Decision on Copyright Infringement in Building Designs

Early last week, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) delivered its judgment in the case of Tamawood v Habitare Developments, a copyright infringement case in respect of project home designs. Habitare...more

DC Circuit Holds Groups Lack Standing to Challenge Two Controversial U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Settlement Agreements

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the National Association of Home Builders’ and three other associations’ (collectively, NAHB) challenge to separate settlements...more

Federal District Court in Missouri Holds Contractor’s Failure to Declare Subcontractor in Default Bars Recovery on Performance...

Curtiss-Manes-Schulte, Inc. v. Safeco Insurance Company, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57836 (W.D. Mo. May 4, 2015) - In this opinion, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (i) vacated its earlier...more

Building Contractors Beware!! An Unreported Judgment Can Lead To A Suspension Of Your Contractor’s License And Payment Issues!

On May 18, 2015, the California Court of Appeals, Second District ruled in Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros., Inc. 2015 DJDAR 5486 that a contractor, whose license was suspended for failing to notify the...more

The Essential Guide to UK Real Estate

This Essential Guide provides an overview of the legal and regulatory issues likely to affect developers, occupiers and investors in UK real estate. Real estate - Real estate law in England and Wales can trace...more

Florida drone bill passed into law, more concerns raised about its restrictions

At the end of April, we posted on the passing of S.B. 766 through the Florida State legislature, and now on May 14, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, in the State of...more

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

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

South Carolina Legislative Update

The Senate last week approved an amendment to the South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and gave the bill second reading. The Senate also returned the proposed body camera legislation to the House with...more

North Carolina Gearing Up for Major Road Improvement Projects

Few things shout “economic development” louder than substantial road improvement projects. For Division 9 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (“NCDOT”), many more developments are underway. The Winston-Salem...more

Conclusory Allegations Held Insufficient to Support Declaratory Relief on Right to Independent Counsel or Allocation of Defense...

In Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (No. E060057, filed 5/22/15), a California Court of Appeal held that a developer’s declaratory relief lawsuit seeking a declaration of the right to independent counsel was...more

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