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Seventh Circuit Limits Construction Lender’s Use of Title Insurance Policy to Cover Construction Liens Created by Lender’s Cutoff...

In a recent decision written by Judge Sykes, affirming a decision from the Western District of Wisconsin, in an issue governed by Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a title insurer has no duty to indemnify a...more

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

Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (May 22, 2015) - In Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (No. E060057, filed 5/22/15), a California Court...more

Construction Licensing – Substantial Compliance – Settlements and Suspension of License

Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 18, 2015) - Business and Professions Code Section 7031 precludes a contractor from maintaining any action...more

Reminder: Minnesota Legislature Tweaks on Responsible Contractor Act Take Effect 7/1/2015

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 Going into the session, contractor lobbyists knew they could not expect of the law to be repealed.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

In Overhead and Profit Class Actions, The Third Trade’s No Longer The Charm

When repairs to a damaged home reach a certain level of complexity, they call for supervision by a general contractor, who receives a percentage of the actual repair costs as “general contractor’s overhead and profit” or...more

Top Ten Construction Clauses: Change Orders and Change Directives

Construction contracts typically provide for changes in the scope of work through change orders, construction change directives and orders for minor changes. AIA Document A201-2007 and the ConsensusDocs Standard Agreement...more

New American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Arbitration Rules in Effect July 1

The American Arbitration Association has issued revised Construction Industry Rules and Mediation Procedures, which are intended to provide “a more streamlined, cost-effective and tightly managed process.” ...more

US District Court in New York Holds Owner’s Interference Bars Claim that Contractor Breached By Abandoning Project

NYU Hosps. Ctr. v. HRH Constr. LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31967 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2015) - NYU Hospitals Center (“NYU”) hired HRH Construction LLC (“HRH”) to renovate NYU’s radiology center. HRH entered into...more

Business Processing Debit Card Payment Held Liable for Failure to Obtain Written Authorization

With the increasing use of debit cards to pay for goods and services comes risk for businesses who do not routinely process debit card payments. A recent example of this risk is highlighted in Kelsey v Pitsch Companies. ...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Bid to Curb Insureds’ Assignments to Contractors

Many property insurance policies contain terms that prohibit assignment, but Florida law has long deemed those terms inoperative once a loss has occurred. E.g., W. Fla. Grocery Co. v. Teutonia Fire Ins. Co., 74 Fla. 220...more

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

The sprawling Petrobas corruption scandal continues to grow and stretch across Brazil’s political and economic landscape. Prosecutors handling the case continue to reach new targets and arrest more individuals who profited...more

OSHA Clarifies RAGAGEP Definition and Abandons Use of "Commercial Grade" in PSM Standard

On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published two interpretations related to process safety management (“PSM”). In this publication, OSHA defined the term...more

Construction Alert: Don't Overlook the Importance of Additional Insured Endorsements

Whether you are giving one to someone else or asking for one, you need to use additional insured endorsements (AIE) that give you as much protection as possible and that meet the promises you have made in your contracts. A...more

Eleventh Circuit Case Delivers Big Win for Contractors Seeking Insurance Coverage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important opinion that is good for contractors making claims on general liability policies, and not so good for the insurers issuing those...more

Changes to Florida's Construction Defect Notice Statute

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a new bill that changes Florida's construction defect notice statute, effective October 1, 2015. Changes to the Florida statute include: (I) an amendment to section 558.001, revising...more

Utah Legislative Update

The 2015 Legislative Session in Utah came to a close earlier this year and the lien laws once again got a makeover, although not as significant as prior changes the past few years. Prior to this session, the biggest change...more

Looking Backward: West Virginia Retroactively Imposes Coverage for Faulty Workmanship

A notorious moving target in the field of coverage litigation is an insurer’s responsibility under a commercial general liability policy for the policyholder’s faulty workmanship. The key question is usually whether the...more

Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Not Applicable to Public Works Project

In a decision issued last week in Clipper Pipe & Service, Inc. v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Company, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concluded that the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, 73 P.S §§ 501-516 (CASPA) does not...more

A Recent Case's Impact on the Determination of Contractor Licensure

A Florida court of appeals recently ruled that a contractor is considered licensed if it is associated with a qualifying agent licensed to perform the contract work on the effective date of the contract. Other courts...more

What Happens When the Construction Contract is Not Signed and the Work is Underway?

Although it seems self-evident that participants to a construction project would not want to commence work without first obtaining signatures on a written contract, it happens all too frequently, even on big projects. At...more

Court Remands Arbitration Award For Further Clarification Where Rationale Was Not Given

In a case involving a dispute over steel production to replace a portion of the Whitestone Bridge spanning New York City’s East River, a federal district court remanded an arbitration award back to the arbitrator. Under the...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Finds Public Owner Waived Written Change Order Requirement By Conduct

Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. v. N. Allegheny Sch. Dist., 111 A.3d 220 (Pa. Commw. Mar. 6, 2015). - North Allegheny School District (“Owner”) hired East Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. (“Contractor”) to pave...more

Disgorgement Penalty for Unlicensed Contractors in California

California has some of the toughest penalties in the country for unlicensed contractors. An unlicensed contractor is not just a contractor without a license, but could also be a contractor who is not correctly licensed or a...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

Construction Bonds and Subguard Insurance

In virtually all public projects (and in many private projects), the owner requires the general contractor to post a performance bond and a payment bond. Recently, in some cases, general contractors have obtained...more

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