Matt Bouchard – Lewis & Roberts, P.L.L.C.

3700 Glenwood Avenue Suite 410
Raleigh, NC 27612, United States

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When the Ax Falls: Five Steps You Should Take When Terminated for the Owner's Convenience

Most private owners negotiate for a contract clause permitting them to terminate a construction agreement without regard to the quality of the contractor’s performance. These so-called “termination for convenience” clauses come…more
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2 Birds, 1 ADR Pro, 0 Time: The Dawn of Fast-Track Med-Arb Construction ADR

Construction dispute resolution -- including arbitration -- can be time-consuming and expensive. What if you could conduct soup-to-nuts construction ADR within 65 days utilizing a mediator-arbitrator hybrid? Would the courts…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Fuzzy Math? Recent N.C. Case Holds That a 20-Year Warranty Only Provides Damage Protection for 6 Years

Ten years ago, you had the roof on your office building replaced. Your roofer had assured you that the new membrane would be waterproof, wouldn’t crack and would be well-suited for your building over the long-haul. He even…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

The Most Dangerous Claim: Recent Cases Highlight the Importance of Avoiding False Claims Act Liability

Three recent cases. Millions of dollars. One conclusion: submitting false claims in connection with federal contracting can be extremely expensive. And with a three year-old North Carolina False Claims Act statute now…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees: Handling Contract Surety Bond Claims with an Eye on the Big Picture

Obligee satisfaction with contract surety bonds was the topic of an hour-long presentation at the Mid-Winter Program sponsored by the ABA’s Tort Trial & Insurance Section, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, in New York City on…more
| Construction Law

Proceed with Caution: 10 Big Changes to Bidding, Performing & Making Verified Claims on NCDOT Projects

Lewis & Roberts represents a number of highway/heavy contractors, all of whom know that doing business with the North Carolina Department of Transportation requires careful attention to the agency's Standard Specifications for…more
| Construction Law

Foul Weather, Contract Time & Excusable Delay

When is a contractor's project delay excused by nasty weather? [Read entire article, below]…more
| Construction Law

The NC Lien & Bond Law Revolution Part II: The (Bankruptcy) Fix Is In

Back in 2010, when a group of construction, real property and bankruptcy lawyers first started meeting to consider potential revisions to North Carolina's lien and bond statutes, one of the driving forces behind those…more
| Construction Law

The NC Lien & Bond Law Revolution Part I: Perfecting Liens Under the New Regime

New legislation protecting general contractors from double payment liability on public projects and protecting title insurers from "hidden liens" on private projects made splashy headlines in North Carolina in the second half of…more
| Construction Law

No Suit for You! N.C. Lien Action Properly Dismissed Where "Owner" Owned Nothing When Work Began

In a controversial 2-1 decision released on October 2, 2012, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ("COA") affirmed a trial court's dismissal of a mechanic's lien claim asserted by contractors who did not have a contract with the…more
| Construction Law

Bucking the Trend: The "Completed and Accepted Work Doctrine" Lives On In North Carolina

In recent years, a majority of states have ruled that a contractor can be found liable for personal injuries suffered by third parties from accidents occurring after the contractor’s work is completed and accepted. Not North…more
| Construction Law, Personal Injury

The Ties That Bind, and Those That Don't: Subcontracts v. Sub-Bids

I frequently receive phone calls from general contractors curious to know what their legal rights and obligations are with respect to subcontractors before a subcontract agreement is actually reached. Invariably, these calls…more
| Construction Law

Seven Things You Need to Know About the Proposed Mechanic’s Lien Revisions Filed in the N.C. General Assembly on May 22, 2012

Legislation revising North Carolina's mechanic's lien law was filed in both the House and Senate sides of the N.C. General Assembly on May 22, 2012. While not the ambitious rewrite that members of the construction bar and…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting

A Tip for Performance Bond Obligees: for Maximum Protection, Obtain Increase Riders with Change Orders

It's tempting to assume that change orders automatically increase the penal sum of a performance bond that expressly waives notice of contract modifications, but pursuant to a 1992 case out of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the…more
| Construction Law

Fourth Circuit, Flawed NEPA Review Process Cast Doubt on the Future of the Monroe Connector Bypass Project

Why the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Monroe Connector Bypass Project, and what the decision may mean for the future of major highway planning in North Carolina…more
| Administrative Law, Construction Law, Environmental Law, Transportation
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