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Eminent Domain for Public Improvements Supporting Private Development Projects

With the improving real estate economy, there have been an influx of new large development projects throughout California. With these new proposed developments, it is common for local government agencies to require public...more

Red Flags for Homebuilders Related to DOL's Latest Guidance on Independent Contractors

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” (AI 2015-1) providing guidance on whether workers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court Rejects Reasoning and Outcome of Liberty Mutual on SB800

In McMillin Albany, LLC v. Superior Court (available here), the Fifth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal held that SB800 (Civil Code sections 895 through 945.5, the “Right to Repair Act”) is the only remedy...more

Reports of the Death of SB800 are Greatly Exaggerated – The Court of Appeal Revives Mandatory SB800 Procedures

In a 20 page opinion, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth District repudiated the holding of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (“Liberty Mutual”), and held that plaintiffs in...more

California Court of Appeal allows construction defect class action to proceed against homebuilders

In an unpublished decision on August 19, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, reinstated a class action asserting construction defect claims against a nationwide homebuilder. The case is located at 2015 WL...more

Commercial Construction in the Golden State is Looking Pretty Golden

If the $2.1 trillion erased from the U.S. stock market over the last week has you white knuckled, you might consider commercial construction in the Golden State, where things are looking . . . well . . . pretty golden....more

Density Bonus Comes to San Francisco

In the face of runaway housing costs, San Francisco is proposing to implement the state “density bonus” law. First adopted by the California legislature thirty-six years ago, the state law (California Government Code Section...more

Title Insurance: When Does a Construction Lender “Create” or “Suffer” a Mechanics Lien?

BB Syndication Services, Inc. v. First American Title Ins. Co., 785 F.3d 825 (7th Cir. 2015) – A construction lender sued a title insurance company seeking defense and indemnification in connection with claims in a...more

Tax Increment Financing Implementation Changes Coming Soon

As many of you who are involved in developing projects in urban renewal or downtown development areas know, the principal method for financing such projects is tax increment financing (TIF). Tax increment financing is...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Defects in the Construction of a “Known-Loss” Exclusion

A mason who performed work on a residential project was notified in 2006 that cracks had developed in his work. Several months later, the mason purchased a commercial general liability policy that expressly excluded coverage...more

Homebuilders Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Non-Original Homeowners

Recently, the Arizona Court of Appeals answered another lingering question of paramount importance to the construction industry – whether homebuilders and other construction industry professionals may be indefinitely subject...more

Beware Of The One-Two Punch Expected In The Fair Housing Law Arena

The combination of a recent unfavorable Supreme Court decision along with dramatically increased federal funding for fair housing enforcement could spell bad news. Businesses that operate in the housing industry and those...more

Wells Fargo Ends Marketing Services Arrangements with Builders

Concerned about “increasing uncertainty surrounding regulatory oversight of these types of arrangements,” Wells Fargo is ending all of its roughly 200 mortgage marketing services and desk rental agreements with builders and...more

Delivering Architectural Plans May Create Implied License - Hunn v. Dan Wilson Homes, Inc.

Where an architectural draftsman left his design firm mid-project and later used partial plans drawn during his employment to complete the project, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the ruling that the...more

Flushing Out the Safe Harbor: “General Land Area Minimum” Offers Newton No 40B Shelter

Municipalities long unable to achieve ten percent affordable housing are now turning more frequently to a different Safe Harbor to block development of low and moderate income housing – compliance with the “General Land Area...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Denies Bid to Return Water/Sewer "Impact Fees"

Impact fees are defined, generally, as a charge on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of off-site capital improvements that are necessitated by and/or benefit the new development. Impact fees have been...more

Major Changes to District of Columbia Zoning Regulations

Effective in early 2016, the District of Columbia Zoning Commission will adopt a major overhaul of the zoning regulations. Although the overhaul is intended to simplify and update the 1958 zoning regulations, the new...more

(UK) UK Government Policy Reversal on Small Developments Affordable Housing and the Vacant Building Credit

The recently introduced vacant building credit, and policy exemption for small developments from affordable housing contributions have been swiftly removed from national planning guidance this morning following a High Court...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 19

Zombie Lien in Washington State: The Lien That Just Won’t Die - In Shelcon Construction Group v. Hammond and Anchor Mutual Savings Bank, decided on May 27, 2015, a Washington State Court of Appeals court determined that...more

Kansas Court Sanctions Depreciation of Labor to Determine Actual Cash Value

Two of our previous posts reported that Arkansas and Kentucky courts have now barred insurers from depreciating labor—as opposed to materials—when arriving at actual cash value (ACV). Last Wednesday in Graves v. American...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Strata

The ADGM Strata Title Regulations 2015 (the “Strata Regulations”) introduce a set of strata specific laws which deal with the stratification of real estate interests situated within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), which...more

Real News - Summer 2015

Welcome to the summer edition of Real News, DLA Piper’s quarterly guide to key developments in English and Welsh real estate law. In this edition:- - Jon Gaskell looks at recent changes made to the CDM...more

For “At-Issue Waiver,” The Best Defense May Not Be An Affirmative Defense

As this blog has repeatedly documented, it can be hard for insurers to assert the attorney-client privilege in the context of bad faith litigation. One difficulty arises in states that enforce a presumption against the...more

Practical questions persist on zonal planning proposal

This month's Fixing the Foundations 'productivity plan' commits the government to 'an urban planning revolution on brownfield sites'. Ministers have already pledged to create a register of brownfield land suitable for...more

Construction Case Law Update - July 2015 #2

CGL Policies; Declaratory Judgments; Appeal of a Partial Final Judgment – A commercial general liability insurer and its insured sought declaratory relief over the question of insurance coverage and the duty to defend...more

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