Melissa Dewey Brumback – Ragsdale Liggett PLLC

We have beer! (Marketing Tip)

I saw this sign outside the Jacksonville, North Carolina regional airport. For those of you who don’t know, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corp base. Many of the passengers are coming from or going to the base…more

| Construction Law

A trap for the unwary: Construction contracts under Seal (Law note)

Have you ever signed a contract that was “under seal”? You probably have, and you probably have done so without really understanding what it means. In North Carolina, a contract “under seal” means that the contract can be…more

| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law

Emergency Bridge Repairs at Bonner Bridge (News Note)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has shut down Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks this week due to emergency safety concerns. The life safety issues were discovered after routine sonar scanning identified…more

| Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

LEED Lasts in Latest NC Bill (news note)

As many of you may be aware, the North Carolina legislature was considering a bill that would effectively take away the option of LEED certification for public projects. In a misguided effort to protect the NC timber industry,…more

| Construction Law, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential,...

What Architects & Engineers Need to Know about the New Lien Law

I have previously discussed the ABCs of Lien Laws for those making claims on a project (that is, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers) and the 123s of Lien Laws for project owners. Now, time to…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential,...

Construction Contracts: Best Practices for Minimizing Risk

Reducing risk starts before the ground is broken on a construction project. Construction contracts are unique in that they anticipate change will occur during the project for a multitude of reasons. However, not even the…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Professional Malpractice,...

Making Changes & Resolving Disputes During the Construction Project

Change happens. And, like death and taxes, changes on a construction project are pretty much inevitable. Because of the unique nature of the construction “product,” the need for flexibility on the part of owners, and the need…more

| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real Estate - Commercial,...

Consequential Damages: What are they? Should I waive them? (law note)

A client asked me about a contract he was asked to sign in which consequential damages were being waived. Consequential damages are those things that cost money which arise indirectly out of a failure of a party on a…more

| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Real...

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