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Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Listing Begins to Sting

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 17, 2017, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois granted a temporary restraining order halting construction of a six-mile stretch of highway in suburban Chicago in response to allegations by project...more

Is your letter of intent a patchwork of provisions?

by Dentons on

Lawyers will generally recommend that you agree and sign a formal contract before starting work on site. That said, despite good intentions, commercial necessity often requires parties to start the works before finalising the...more

IRS Announces Disagreement with Ninth Circuit’s Holding on Completed Contract Method of Accounting

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The IRS recently announced its disagreement with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, with respect to planned communities, the 95% test under the completed contract method of accounting applies on a development-wide basis rather...more

Oportunidad adicional para una mayor extensión de permisos de construcción y órdenes de desarrollo

Debido a la reciente declaración del gobernador Scott acerca del estado de emergencia por el virus del Zika, quienes cuenten con permisos y órdenes de desarrollo tienen otra oportunidad para suspender el período restante para...more

El secretario de vivienda, Ben Carson, pone en marcha asociación público-privada para viviendas públicas

Ayer, el condado de Miami-Dade recibió al Dr. Ben Carson, secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos, en la urbanización pública Liberty Square, una de las más antiguas del país. La reunión...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

California OSHA Delays Enforcement of Construction Silica Standard

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations for the State of California issued an important update to Cal/OSHA’s new Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. The standard is substantially...more

New State Construction Notices Directory: A Valuable Tool for Owners

by Cozen O'Connor on

Effective December 31, 2016, Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 (lien law) was amended to allow for an online State Construction Notices Directory (directory) to provide notice to parties involved in projects costing...more

Do I really need my own lawyer if the insurer is giving me one? (law note; tip)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Several readers have reached out to me about my post on getting a Reservation of Rights letter with comments and questions. The most common refrain has been something along the lines of: “Do I really have to hire my own...more

Supreme Court of California Holds That a Losing Bidder on a Public Works Contract Cannot Sue the Winning Bidder for Intentional...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 1024 (Cal. February 16, 2017) - This tort lawsuit relates to a dispute over the bidding process on several public works contracts in...more

First Quarter CEQA Update in Under 60 Seconds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Okay, maybe slightly longer than 60 seconds. The point being, though, that CEQA case updates really should not read like law school case briefs. Long discussion of the lower court’s findings? No thank you. ...more

American Institute of Architects Releases 2017 Contract Documents

by Lane Powell PC on

Lane Powell strives to help our clients stay ahead of the curve on all matters concerning construction law. This is a quick note to let you know that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its 2017 Construction...more

California Supreme Court Finds that When it Comes to Intentional Interference Claims, Public Works Projects are Just Different,...

Earlier, we reported on a California Court of Appeals decision – Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc. – which held for the first time that a second-place bidder on a public works contract could sue a...more

When does a disagreement become a dispute?

by Hogan Lovells on

Large construction projects provide significant scope for disputes of various types to arise between contractors and employers. An essential aspect to resolving the parties' disagreements, both in the course of executing the...more

Construction Safety: Lessons From 2016 and Remedies in 2017

While each year there are reports and statistics regarding the annual number of construction accidents and fatalities in New York City, 2016 will likely be remembered as the year when a construction accident could, and did,...more

New Bankruptcy Case Limits Assertion of Post-Bankruptcy Construction Liens

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On March 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that curtails the rights of suppliers to lien non-debtor third-party property following the bankruptcy filing of a construction...more

DIFC Courts propose specialist Technology and Construction Division

by White & Case LLP on

DIFC Courts seek public consultation for proposed specialist Technology and Construction Division. The DIFC Courts are an important forum for dispute resolution in the Gulf and wider Middle East region. However,...more

Dear Engineer: Has your insurer issued a “Reservation of Rights” letter? (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

In my previous post, I made reference to getting a “Reservation of Rights” letter. I noted that the carrier may decide to defend you under a Reservation of Rights (i.e., hire your lawyer) but may not, necessarily, accept...more

New York's 421-a Tax Exemption for New Residential Buildings is Back

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York State Legislature has passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation re-establishing the 421-a Tax Exemption Program after a nearly two-year hiatus. The program, which was first put in place in the early...more

Third Circuit Holds That Post-Petition Filing of NJ Construction Lien Violates the Automatic Stay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On March 30, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion regarding whether the filing of a mechanic’s lien after the commencement of a bankruptcy case violates the automatic stay. Given the frequent involvement of ...more

The Fourth Circuit’s New Test for Joint Employment Under the FLSA and Why You Should Care

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent articulation of a new test for joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets a challenging standard for general contractors and others that seek to minimize labor...more

Colorado House Bill 1279 stalls over 120-day unit owner election period

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the session more than halfway through, the Colorado Legislature’s 2017 attempts at meaningful construction defect reform may fail again. This year, the Legislature did not attempt a single-bill construction defect...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders

Due to Governor Scott’s recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

“Professional Best Efforts” part 2– Reservation of Rights for Engineers who agree to “best” efforts? (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Recently, a reader reached out to me to ask about case examples of an engineer losing his insurance coverage because he agreed to a “heightened” or “best” standard of care. The reader stated that he was an insurance adviser...more

The Enforceability of Mechanics' Liens in Bankruptcy Is Dependent on State Law

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a mechanic’s lien filed by an unpaid supplier against a construction project, after the contractor through whom the materials were furnished filed for...more

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