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Federal Miller Act Rights Trump State Statute Precluding Claims by Non-Licensed Contractors

In a recent decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held, for the first time, that California’s contractor licensing requirement cannot be used to bar a federal subcontractor from pursuing a claim under the Miller...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 7

Reed Construction Data – Economy Improving Slowly but Surely - Reed Construction Data reports that the economy continues to improve but challenges remain. Based upon recent construction data from Reed Construction, the...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

License? We Don’t Need No Stinking License!

I know. You’ve heard it from me, or your construction attorney, ad naseum. When in doubt get a license. We’ve paraded out the list of terribles: If you don’t get paid, and you were required to...more

Developer's Subdivision Project for County Deemed Private Work of Improvement for Purposes of Subcontractor's Claim, Extending...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that where a developer hires a subcontractor to perform work in connection with a subdivision agreement with a public entity, the project may be considered a private work of...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 3

Reaffirming the Iron Hand of an Arbitration Agreement - Does the fact that the named arbitration company has gone out of business make an arbitration clause unenforceable? Given the legislative bias toward arbitration,...more

The Most [Fill in the Blank] Bid Dispute, Ever

We’ve all heard of those lawsuits which cause us to scratch our heads wondering, what were they thinking? Think woman sues fast food restaurant for serving hot coffee, man sues beer company when beautiful women did not...more

Charter Cities Challenge Legislation Restricting Access to State Funding Based on Compliance with Prevailing Wage Law

Cities Sue State Calling SB 7 an Unconstitutional Restriction on Municipal Affairs - Several California charter cities challenged the constitutionality of Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) last week by filing a writ of mandate and...more

ConstructLaw - January 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Forum-Selection Clauses Are Presumptively Enforceable - Atl. Marine Constr. Co. v. United States Dist. Court 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8775 (U.S. 2013) - This action arose out of a forum-selection...more

If it Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck . . . It May Just be a Goose

If you’re involved in public works projects you know that direct contractors are required to furnish payment bonds on public works projects exceeding $25,000. Specifically, Civil Code section 9550 provides that “[a] direct...more

Legislative Update

Construction legislation in the 2013 session was much different from 2011. In 2011 many new construction related laws were passed including governance of indemnities and mechanic’s liens. In 2013 many significant...more

Construction Contractor Settles Sex Harassment Allegations With OFCCP

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced this week that a federal construction contractor providing environmental remediation and restoration services has settled allegations of sexual harassment,...more

Federal Construction Contractors Beware: OFCCP Wants You!

Even though the Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has not yet promulgated its promised revised construction contractor regulations, the agency sent the construction contracting community a clear enforcement...more

Equitable Estoppel Against Municipalities Restricted by Illinois Supreme Court

The doctrine of equitable estoppel bars a party from denying a fact, or opposing a claim, based on that party's previous statements or conduct. As a general rule, depending on the circumstances, it can be based on either...more

Changes to North Carolina Lien and Bond Law – What You Need to Know

A number of significant changes to North Carolina’s lien and bond statutes were just signed into law. In part, these changes are in reaction to concerns from the title insurance industry about so-called “hidden” liens, the...more

Court Broadly Defines Subcontractors Who Qualify For Payment Bond Claims

Can a supplier of construction materials be considered a "subcontractor" for purposes of enforcing its claim on a public works payment bond? The answer is "yes" according to a recent decision of the California Court of...more

Significant Changes to California's Mechanics Lien Law Coming July 1, 2012

Effective July 1, all of the existing statutes governing mechanics liens, stop notices and payment bonds in California will be repealed and replaced by updated statutes. In September 2010, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr....more

Contractor Payment Protections in Public Private Partnerships Under Nevada Law

On February 23, 2012, the Snell & Wilmer Infrastructure Development and Project Finance Industry Group hosted “Moving Nevada Forward,” its first annual forum on Nevada public private partnerships. The event was well attended...more

Choice Deprives Public Entity of Attorneys’ Fees on Stop Notice

The California Court of Appeal clarified the law on a public entity’s right to recover attorneys’ fees in connection with its withholding of funds from a general contractor because of a stop notice filed by a subcontractor. ...more

2012 California Construction Law Update

Contractors and others involved in the construction industry should be aware of several new laws enacted this past year, and one enacted the year before, that take effect in 2012 and later. The new laws, which are intended to...more

2012 California Construction Law Update

With the new year comes a host of changes to laws impacting the construction industry in California. Addressed below are some of the most important new laws to be aware of. Unless otherwise noted, all of these laws take...more

Blissful California Dreamin' Interrupted, Less Likely After Opinski and Other Recent Extra Work Cases

Contractors looking for gold in California will have to mine harder these days to find it in public works construction contracts after Greg Opinski, P&D Consultants, and other recent decisions. Thus, California contractor...more

Contractor May Recover Against Public Entity for Failure to Disclose Material Information Without Proving Fraud

It has long been the rule in California that a contractor on a fixed price public works project generally cannot recover additional compensation simply because unanticipated difficulties are encountered. However, consistent...more

The Year 2010 In Review: Public Works Projects

This article is the fifth in a series summarizing construction law developments for 2010. In This article: A. Bidding 1. Great West Contractors Inc. v. Irvine School District, 187 Cal. App. 4th 1425 (4th Dist. Aug....more

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