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

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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 clients are asking their lawyers:

"What if the board of the public entity refuses to approve a change order on extra work we already performed because the owner's field representative promised to get it approved?"

"In light of recent court decisions holding 'no board approval, no payment,' does a contractor have to honor the owner's direction to perform disputed extra work?"

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